A familiar face to the Winnipeg Jets organization is the new Head Coach of the Manitoba Moose.
Friday Morning the Jets announced the hiring of Pascal Vincent as the bench boss of their AHL affiliate. Vincent succeeds Keith McCambridge who had guided Winnipeg’s top farm club for the past five seasons, including the first four in St. John’s.
The 44 year old former Jets Assistant was one of the team’s original hires following the relocation of the Atlanta Thrashers to Winnipeg. His appointment will result in the parent team hiring a new assistant to join Head Coach Paul Maurice and veteran Charlie Huddy behind the bench for the 2016-17 NHL season.
Prior to joining the Jets, Vincent was the head coach of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League’s Montreal Juniors (now the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada) for 3 seasons. And for 9 years previous to that, Vincent coached the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles- including current Jet netminder Ondrej Pavelec.
In those 12 seasons his teams compiled a regular season record of 429-313-87 along with nine playoff series wins. Vincent was the recipient of the Ron Lapointe Trophy as the top coach in the QMJHL following the 2007-08 season.
Pascal Vincent becomes the eighth coach in Moose history, and the seventh in the AHL. Following in the footsteps of Jean Perron, Randy Carlyle, Stan Smyl, Alain Vigneault, Scott Arniel, Claude Noel, and McCambridge.