Maurice brings palpable intensity to Jets

Winnipeg Jets new head coach Paul Maurice (left) talks with defenceman Jacob Trouba during a...

Winnipeg Jets new head coach Paul Maurice (left) talks with defenceman Jacob Trouba during a pre-game skate Jan. 13 at the MTS Centre. (BROOK JONES/QMI AGENCY)

PAUL FRIESEN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:06 PM ET

He didn’t ask how his hair looked, and he didn’t break into a chorus of In a Gadda Da Vida.

But that doesn’t mean Paul Maurice was the anti-Claude Noel in his first appearance before the masses as the new head coach of the Winnipeg Jets.

In fact, Maurice was a lot like Noel, as he fielded questions for 20 minutes, Monday, following his first look at his new team but before his first game: thoughtful, engaging, honest, at times entertaining.

But there was also an edge you didn’t get from Coach Claude.

A palpable intensity running alongside a bold confidence, no doubt forged from more than a thousand games behind an NHL bench.

Less folksy, but more forceful.

Maurice has never won a Stanley Cup, but you wouldn’t know it from listening to him. Insecurity doesn’t seem part of his repertoire.

He even broke one of the rules of news conferences.


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