Hours before his second game as head coach of the Winnipeg Jets, Paul Maurice brought something unique to his coach’s scrum.
Far too often in today’s NHL, coaches and players go through the motions when standing in front of microphones.
Not yet, anyway.
Hired Sunday to replace Claude Noel, who often brought his own brand of entertainment to the fold, Maurice is still as giddy as any one of the thousands of hockey coaches in Canada would be if they got a similar summons to the bigs.
Mere days after one of his regular appearances as a TSN analyst, Maurice was back in the league he’s coached in for 14 years — and his excitement was infectious.
Asked if it felt like the last handful of days went by in mere minutes or months, the former Toronto Maple Leafs and Carolina Hurricanes coach smiled.
“Can it be both?” said the 46-year-old native of Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., with a laugh.