Winnipeg NHL team hires Claude Noel as coach

By the Associated Press | June 24, 2011 | 12:29 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The transplanted Winnipeg NHL team has hired Claude Noel as its coach.

Noel has been an NHL coach with Columbus. He coached the AHL's Manitoba Moose last season, leading them to a 43-40-1-6 record.

Before that he spent three years with the Blue Jackets, first as an assistant and then as head coach after Ken Hitchcock was fired in February 2010. He has also coached in the AHL, ECHL and IHL.

The Winnipeg franchise is relocating from Atlanta. Its team name may be announced at Friday night's draft.