January 29, 2013
Jets' Perry Pearn on the defensive in Montreal
By KIRK PENTON, QMI Agency

Winnipeg Jets assistant coach Perry Pearn talks to media after hockey practice at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg, Man., on Monday, Jan. 14, 2013. Rich Pope/Winnipeg Sun/QMI Agency

MONTREAL - Perry Pearn had everyone chuckling in the bowels of Bell Centre this morning.

The Jets assistant coach was back in Montreal for the first time since being fired a few hours before the Canadiens’ ninth game of last season. Even though he was an assistant, he ended up being the scapegoat for much bigger organizational problems that led to the firings of head coach Jacques Martin and GM Pierre Gauthier.

So when asked about his “peculiar” departure on Oct. 26, 2011, Pearn couldn’t help but make light of the situation.

“I’m a little bit nervous right now, because we’re getting to that stage of the season, five or six games in …,” Pearn said to much laughter. “No, I don’t think you ever get over that stuff. I have my opinions on the whole thing, but what I do is I walk away at the end of the day and I evaluate the job that I did.

“I’m pretty happy about what I accomplished when I was with the Montreal Canadiens.”



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