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Coach Noel signs contract extension

Winnipeg Jets agree to terms with Claude Noel on an extension.

Monday, 24.06.2013 / 10:55 AM / News Articles
Winnipeg Jets

The Winnipeg Jets are pleased to announce today they have agreed to terms with Head Coach Claude Noel on a contract extension.

"It's a process of continuing to grow as a group," said GM Kevin Cheveldayoff on Monday.  "I think that it's something that we discussed and the term wasn't something we focused on too dramatically. When I had my conversations with Claude, it was about continuing the process moving forward. I don't know that there's a magical term, one year, two years, five year exceed different things from different situations and this is the right fit for us we felt going forward."

Noel, 57, enters his third season as Head Coach of the Winnipeg Jets Hockey Club. In his two seasons with the club, Noel has earned a 61-56-13 record after 130 games played. This past season, Noel earned a 24-21-0-3 record in his second year as Head Coach of the Jets for an improved 0.531 winning percentage. Under Noel’s direction, the Jets finished four points shy of the post season.

"I'm extremely happy to get extended because it's an opportunity to continue along the process of what we started here," said Noel during a conference call, Monday afternoon. "Our goals remain the same, we understand the need to get into the playoffs and that's what we're looking to to continue to create here. We're looking to take a step further in that direction and hopefully get there this upcoming season."

Prior to his move to Winnipeg, the Kirkland Lake, ON native spent three seasons behind the bench with the Columbus Blue Jackets as an Assistant Coach before joining the Manitoba Moose in 2010. In his third year with the Blue Jackets, Noel spent most of the season as an Assistant Coach before taking over from Ken Hitchcock as interim Head Coach on February 3, 2010. The Blue Jackets finished the 2009-10 season with a record of 10-8-4-2 under the guidance of Noel. During his three years with the club, the Blue Jackets compiled a record of 107-102-15-22 in 246 games.

Before his time with the Blue Jackets, Noel spent four seasons as Head Coach of the American Hockey League’s Milwaukee Admirals, affiliate of the Nashville Predators. During that time, he led the club to a 183-94-12-31 regular season record, three 100-point seasons and two West Division titles. During the 2003-04 season, the club compiled a 46-24-7-3 record and went 16-6 in the playoffs en route to capturing the organization’s first-ever Calder Cup Championship. Noel was subsequently honoured with the Louis A.R. Pieri Memorial Award as AHL Coach of the Year.

Noel made his coaching debut in the ECHL with the Roanoke Valley Rebels in 1990-91 and served as the Head Coach and Director of Hockey Operations for the ECHL’s Dayton Bombers from 1991-93. In 1993, he joined the Kalamazoo Wings (later the Michigan K-Wings), the International Hockey League affiliate of the Dallas Stars, as an Assistant Coach. He succeeded then coach, Ken Hitchcock, behind the bench during the 1995-96 season and served in that capacity through the 1997-98 campaign. From 1998-02, he was an Assistant Coach with the Milwaukee Admirals and in 2002-03 was named ECHL Coach of the Year with the Toledo Storm before returning to Milwaukee as Head Coach prior to the 2003-04 season.

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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 54 20 8 266 209 116
2 y - COL 82 52 22 8 250 220 112
3 x - STL 82 52 23 7 248 191 111
4 x - SJS 82 51 22 9 249 200 111
5 x - CHI 82 46 21 15 267 220 107
6 x - LAK 82 46 28 8 206 174 100
7 x - MIN 82 43 27 12 207 206 98
8 x - DAL 82 40 31 11 235 228 91
9 PHX 82 37 30 15 216 231 89
10 NSH 82 38 32 12 216 242 88
11 WPG 82 37 35 10 227 237 84
12 VAN 82 36 35 11 196 223 83
13 CGY 82 35 40 7 209 241 77
14 EDM 82 29 44 9 203 270 67

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
B. Wheeler 82 28 41 4 69
B. Little 82 23 41 8 64
D. Byfuglien 78 20 36 -20 56
A. Ladd 78 23 31 8 54
O. Jokinen 82 18 25 -8 43
M. Frolik 81 15 27 8 42
E. Kane 63 19 22 -7 41
M. Scheifele 63 13 21 9 34
T. Enstrom 82 10 20 -9 30
J. Trouba 65 10 19 4 29
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Montoya 13 8 3 .920 2.30
O. Pavelec 22 26 7 .901 3.01