Former assistant coach dies at 57

Ex-assistant coach dies at 57


Former National Hockey League (NHL) assistant coach Paul Jerrard died Thursday at the age of 57. 

The The University of Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks in the NCAA, where he served as an assistant coach since 2018, announced his death in a press release mentioning that he was “quietly” battling cancer.


“Our program will forever be indebted to P.J. for his immeasurable positive impact,” said Mavericks head coach Mike Gabinet. P.J. attacked every day with a team-first attitude, vibrant enthusiasm and an unparalleled drive to help grow and develop our young men.”

A native of Winnipeg, Jerrard has coached three-time NHL assistant with the Colorado Avalanche (2002-03), Dallas Stars (2011-13) and Calgary Flames (2016-18). He also filled the same position in the American League for 12 years with several teams, including the Hershey Bears and the Iowa Stars.

“It's really sad, said mentioned to the NHL website Flames defenseman Michael Stone, who played under him in Calgary. He was really a good guy. A great person to be around. He was always full of energy. I really enjoyed my time with him.”