Former NHL player and coach passes away at 57-years-old

Published February 16, 2023 at 9:47

Today we received sad news from the hockey world. Today the University of Omaha announced the passing of their Assistant Coach and former NHLer Paul Jerrard via their Twitter account.

The team announced that Jerrard, 57, lost his battle with cancer. A battle he's been fighting privately. Omaha Head Coach, Mike Gabinet, had the following to say:

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of assistant coach, Paul Jerrard. Paul had been quietly fighting a long-term battle with cancer. Our program will be forever indebted to PJ for his countless positive impact. PJ attacked each day with a team first attitude, vibrant enthusiasm, and an unmatched willingness to help grow and develop our young men. Knowing PJ first as my coach in pro hockey, and now having had the chance to work alongside him each day, I am beyond grateful for the lessons he shared and the loyal friendship we forged.

Jerrard had a long coaching resume spending 23 years behind the bench we an assistant coach in the NHL, AHL and NCAA. His time in the NHL saw him spend time with the Calgary Flames, Colorado Avalanche and Dallas Stars.

Jerrard played 15 seasons of professional hockey and was the definition of a journey man, spending most of his career in the IHL and AHL. However Jerrard spent one season playing 5 games with the Minnesota North Stars, his crowning hockey accomplishment.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to anyone impacted by Jerrard's passing.
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Former NHL player and coach passes away at 57-years-old

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