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Jets add ex-Habs assistant Pearn to coaching staff

Perry Pearn

The Winnipeg Jets turned back the clock on Thursday by bringing assistant coach Perry Pearn into the fold.

Pearn, 61, began his NHL coaching career with the “version 1.0" Jets in 1995-96, serving under then-head man Terry Simpson.

(Fun fact: Winnipeg’s other assistant at the time was current Leafs bench boss Randy Carlyle.)

After serving time with the Jets, Pearn bounced from the Senators to the Rangers to the Canadiens. It was in Montreal where he was controversially fired just eight games into the 2011-12 season, viewed by many as a scapegoat after the Canadiens got off to their worst start to a season in 70 years.

According to a statement released on the Jets website, Pearn isn’t replacing anybody from last year’s staff, but rather adding to the dynamic. He’ll work under head coach Claude Noel along with assistants Charlie Huddy, Pascal Vincent, Tony Borgford and Wade Flaherty.