The Winnipeg NHLers have named Claude Noel as their head coach for the upcoming season.
Noel spent last season as the head coach of the Manitoba Moose, compiling a record of 43-30-7.
The previous season, Noel was 10-8-6 while serving as the interim head coach of the Columbus Blue Jackets. Noel also has head coaching experience with the Milwaukee Admirals of the American Hockey League.
Noel takes over from Craig Ramsay, who served as the head coach of the Atlanta Thrashers last season. Ramsay posted a record of 34-36-12.
Ramsay and former Edmonton Oiler head coach Craig MacTavish were among the final coaches interviewed by Winnipeg GM Kevin Cheveldayoff before the decision to hire Noel was made.
The Winnipeg hockey franchise begins its season on October 9th went they host the Montreal Canadiens at the MTS Centre.
Tomorrow during the National Hockey League’s entry draft, Winnipeg will have the seventh overall draft selection.