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Former Canadian NHL Player and Coach Has Passed Away at The Age of 57


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Skyler Walker
February 16, 2023  (8:24)
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The hockey world received some sad news today when the University of Omaha announced that their assistant coach Paul Jerrard passed away at the age of 57.

The University of Omaha announced on their twitter that Jerrard sadly lost his battle with cancer, he was reportedly battling cancer privately and many did not know what he was going through. Omaha's head coach, Mike Gabinet, released the following statement:
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 was very familiar with the NHL, he played five games for the Minnesota North Stars back in 1988-89, and coached for five years through various NHL teams such as the Calgary Flames for 2 years, Colorado Avalanche for one, and the Dallas Stars for 2.
In total, he spent 23-years behind the bench coaching hockey throughout the AHL, IHL, CCHA, NCHC and of course the NHL. As a player, Jerrard spent 19 years playing hockey throughout the NHL, AHL and IHL, and in his early days the CCHA.
We would like to offer our deepest thoughts and prayers to the friends and family affected by this saddened news.
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