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Winnipeg hires Claude Noel as coach

Updated: June 25, 2011, 12:09 AM ET
Associated Press

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Winnipeg introduced a new head coach and had the seventh pick in the NHL draft.

But the biggest news of the day came when the franchise formally brought back the old nickname: the Jets.

Claude Noel was hired as coach of the transplanted franchise Friday, returning to the NHL and joining a team that has missed the playoffs the last four seasons. The Atlanta Thrashers moved north across the border earlier this month.

Just before the selection of center ...

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