Paul Maurice named Central Division head coach at 2019 NHL All-Star Game

Jets head coach becomes the third member of the Jets going to the NHL All-Star Weekend on Jan. 25-26 in San Jose

WINNIPEG, January 5, 2019 – The Winnipeg Jets, in conjunction with the National Hockey League, announced today that head coach Paul Maurice has been selected as the head coach for the Central Division in the 2019 NHL All-Star Game. The 2019 NHL All-Star Weekend is being hosted by the San Jose Sharks at the SAP Center on Jan. 25-26, 2019.

Maurice, 51, has guided the Jets to a 25-13-2 record through the first half of the season and a first place standing in the Central Division. Last season under Maurice, the Jets won the first two playoff series in franchise history and reached the Western Conference Final. During the 2017-18 regular season, the Jets had their best record all-time at 52-20-10. Maurice, a Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. native, took over as head coach of the Jets during the 2013-14 season and has led the team to a 213-145-45 record for a .584 points percentage. Maurice, who is poised to coach his 1,500th NHL game next month, has an all-time NHL record of 673-602-99 and recently passed Mike Keenan for the ninth-most wins in NHL history. This is the first time Maurice has coached a team at an NHL All-Star Game and will be joined by Jets players Mark Scheifele and Blake Wheeler.

Under the All-Star selection process, the head coach of the team with the highest points percentage (points earned divided by total possible points) in each of the four divisions through games of Saturday, Jan. 5 – the halfway point of the regular season – will guide the respective All-Star rosters.