Winnipeg Jets coach Paul Maurice calls it quits after nine seasons: “They need a new voice”

The Winnipeg Jets announced the resignation Friday of head coach Paul Maurice.

Assistant coach Dave Lowry assumes the duties on an interim basis.

“This is a good team. I’m a good coach,” said Maurice via Sportsnet. “But sometimes when you take over a team, it’s like you’re starting at the bottom of a mountain and you’re pushing a rock up to the top and you’re only able to get it to a certain place. And that’s where I feel I’m at. And if you would allow me some arrogance, I would say that I’m better positioned than anyone to know that they need a new voice.”

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Paul Maurice resigns

Maurice, 54, had held the position since replacing the fired Claude Noel on Jan. 12, 2014.

Maurice compiled a 315-223-62 record in nine seasons with the Jets, who are currently in fifth place in the Central Division with 31 points in 28 games (13-10-5).

“They haven’t quit on me,” Maurice said. “They’re a good bunch of men. My relationship is strong with all of them. And I’m cheering for them.”

Winnipeg hosts the Washington Capitals on Friday night.

Maurice previously served as head coach of the Hartford Whalers, Carolina Hurricanes and Toronto Maple Leafs. He ranks fourth all-time in games coached (1,684), sixth in wins (755) and first in losses (680).

–Field Level Media