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9/22/2006 3:45:47 PM

(CP) - There are eight new head coaches in the NHL this season and four of them will work in Canada.

Paul Maurice takes over the Toronto Maple Leafs, Guy Carbonneau moves up to the top job with the Montreal Canadiens, Alain Vigneault joins the Vancouver Canucks and Jim Playfair runs the Calgary Flames.

Other newcomers are Ted Nolan, who resurfaced after a nine-year absence to become coach of the New York Islanders, Claude Julien with the New Jersey Devils, Marc Crawford with the Los Angeles Kings and Dave Lewis with the Boston Bruins.

Maurice, still the youngest coach in the NHL at 39, has perhaps the hottest of the hotseats replacing the colourful Pat Quinn.

"This isn't about evading pressure," Maurice said of his new job. "It's about winning.

TSN : NHL - Canada's Sports Leader
 
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