New coach Paul Maurice whipping Jets into shape

New Jets head coach Paul Maurice (left) chats with one of his players during a pre-game skate held...

New Jets head coach Paul Maurice (left) chats with one of his players during a pre-game skate held Jan. 14 at the MTS Centre. (Brook Jones/QMI Agency)

KEN WIEBE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 3:51 PM ET

WINNIPEG - Winnipeg Jets head coach Paul Maurice has taken a forceful approach during his first two days of real teaching and it seems to have struck a chord with the players.

As the Jets hit the ice at MTS Centre for their second practice, Maurice stressed the importance of communication and kept the pace high.

“He’s very demanding,” said Jets centre Olli Jokinen. “Now you have a new set of eyes watching you and you see a lot of guys paying attention. There’s no screwing around between the drills. You see a lot of bobbleheads out there — guys are nodding and listening. That’s usually what happens for the first week when there’s a new coach. He wants us to do everything fast. He wants us to pass the puck hard.

“This is the NHL. You should be able to do those things automatically. That’s what he wants us to do in practice. Once you start doing those little things in practice right, it’s going to be automatic in the games.”


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