‘I just feel like I fit here’: Winnipeg Jets coach talks tradition, hockey and home

He’s the man behind the Winnipeg Jets bench but who is head coach Paul Maurice when he’s not at the rink?He’s a husband, a father and a total homebody… and he loves Winnipeg.“I just feel like I fit here,” Maurice said during a one-on-one sit down with Global News.The 51-year-old from Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., joined the Jets in January 2014 and said it was an easy decision.Story continues below

Not only did he feel supported by his family, GM Kevin Cheveldayoff and owner Mark Chipman, Winnipeg just felt right.“We fit here. This whole thing at the end of the day is about your family, whether your family fits in Winnipeg,” Maurice said.“I had that sense, and I can remember it clearly walking into the morning skate before the Phoenix game, my first game.”“You walk into the room, you talk to the players, I told my wife in the afternoon, ‘I feel like I fit here, I feel like it’s right.’”Even if making the move to Winnipeg wasn’t a difficult one, Maurice said it was a family decision, and it’s his family that keeps him on his toes — his wife in particular. As he put it… “she runs everything and I coach.”READ MORE: Jets head coach says Winnipeg is home, for the whole familyWhile the players are his family on the ice, the wife and kids are what matters most come Christmas, and Coach Maurice said his holiday activities are rooted in tradition.From tourtiere on Christmas Eve — a French-Canadian staple, to the ornaments placed on the Christmas tree — ones his wife keeps for each of the kids each year, Maurice said he looks forward to good food and family over the holidays.WATCH: Christmas Traditions — Winnipeg Jets Coach Paul Maurice home for the holidays