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Claude Noel lands in Western Hockey League (Updated)


Winnipeg Jets head coach Claude Noel talks to his players during practice at NHL hockey training camp in Winnipeg, Manitoba, on Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2011. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, John Woods)


Former Winnipeg Jets and Columbus Blue Jackets head coach Claude Noel has landed a job in the Western Hockey League.

According to Steve Ewen of the Vancouver Province, Noel will be named head coach of the Vancouver Giants.

Noel, was fired by the Jets in January after three seasons behind the Winnipeg bench.

The 59-year-old led Winnipeg to a 80-79-18 record in his three years with the Jets, which included the lockout-shortened 2012-13 season.

Noel led Columbus to a 10-8-6 record in 24 games behind the Blue Jackets bench during the 2009-10 season.

The Giants fired their coach, Troy Ward, on Wednesday.

Noel coached former Giants Andrew Ladd, Evander Kane, Kenndal McArdle, Spencer Machacek and James Wright during his time with the Jets.

Update: The Giants have confirmed the report.

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