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Noel to take over coaching duties in Winnipeg

Posted on: June 23, 2011 1:14 pm
Edited on: June 23, 2011 1:56 pm

The new NHL franchise in Winnipeg still doesn’t have a name, but it now has a coach.

Claude Noel has been tapped to take over the team formerly known as the Atlanta Thrashers, The Winnipeg Free Press and other outlets reported Thursday afternoon.

Noel most recently coached this past seaosn with the AHL’s Manitoba Moose, which played at MTS Center. The building will also be home to the city’s new NHL team. He went 43-30 in his lone season with the Moose, who fell in the second round of the playoffs.

Noel, whose NHL career as a player spanned seven games, coached 24 games in the NHL after he took over for Ken Hitchcock, who was fired by the Columbus Blue Jackets during the 2009-10 season.

-- A.J. Perez

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Since: Oct 7, 2011
Posted on: October 20, 2011 12:36 am

Noel to take over coaching duties in Winnipeg

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Since: Jan 23, 2009
Posted on: June 24, 2011 12:05 pm

Noel to take over coaching duties in Winnipeg

@Shaker... I'm watching the draft in hopes that that is exactly what they (the Jets?) do.  How could they not do it that way?  Have the sweater ready to go, and make it official already!!!

Since: Jan 1, 2007
Posted on: June 24, 2011 9:04 am

Noel to take over coaching duties in Winnipeg

The excitement is great and it's nice to have friends but keeping Moose coaches and front office personel just because seems like the wrong direction. When I see an annoucement of Winnipeg signing a player from last years Moose team I might have to wonder if this ownership group will be an improvement. 

Since: Aug 3, 2010
Posted on: June 24, 2011 7:33 am

Noel to take over coaching duties in Winnipeg

I think that is a huge mistake for the Winnipeg franchise NOT to announce the new team name for the draft. Using a generic NHL logo as their jersey to hand to the new players is a joke and a missed publicity opportunity for the new Winnipeg team. Just think how cool it would be for the Winnipeg GM to say "With the 7th overall pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft...the Winnipeg Jets select..."    It's gonna look so lame if they use that silly NHL logo. The Winnipeg organization has had more than enough time to decide what nickname they wanna use.

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