Florida Panthers coach Paul Maurice a devastating news to Oilers

Florida Panthers coach Paul Maurice grew up an Edmonton Oilers fan

With Florida Panthers coach Paul Maurice one step from his first Stanley Cup after 30 years behind an NHL bench, he was asked when he first fell in love with hockey.

“When I lived in Sault Ste. Marie, Wayne Gretzky and Paul Coffey played junior for the Greyhounds. They used to play street hockey on the tennis courts across the street from our house where my parents still live,” said Maurice.

On Saturday night, in one of those crazy twists, he’ll look across at the Oiler bench and there will be Coffey, 63, running the defence for head coach Kris Knoblauch.


Small world, eh?

“I really grew up an Oiler fan, saw all their Stanley Cups,” said Maurice.


And Maurice is now trying to get the Stanley Cup, against the Oilers.


Maurice, 57, also remembers Saturday nights around the television as a kid.


“We had three TV channels, one French, one from Detroit and CBC,” he said. “On Saturdays, if we weren’t playing hockey, we’d be watching hockey on CBC. My mom, she would be cooking either spaghetti or chili and we would also have popcorn with, you know, a pound of butter. I had my glass of Coke, smeared in butter, salt everywhere.


“Next morning, we’d eat the leftover popcorn my dad didn’t eat,” laughed Maurice. “Yeah, that’s what I remember.”



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