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PAEK IS BACK

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The longest-tenured coach in Grand Rapids Griffins history, Jim Paek will return for his eighth season as the team’s assistant coach after signing a one-year contract extension with the Detroit Red Wings. He’ll work alongside new Griffins head coach Jeff Blashill.

Paek, 45, helped guide Grand Rapids to its best regular season in franchise history in 2005-06, capturing the AHL’s regular championship with a team-record 55 wins, and to additional playoff berths in 2006-07 and 2008-09. He even took a turn as the team’s bench boss for one game in 2008-09, a 4-0 home victory over Philadelphia on Jan. 10, 2009.

After winning two Stanley Cups as a defenseman with Pittsburgh in 1990-91 and 1991-92, Paek earned the right to hoist Lord Stanley’s prize for the third time in 2008 after coaching the Red Wings’ “black aces” during the parent club’s title run. Paek has continued assisting Detroit during the playoffs while also maintaining roles during the Red Wings’ summer development camps and fall prospect tournaments and training camps.

Born in Seoul, South Korea, and raised in Toronto, Paek became a U.S. citizen on March 16, 2011. As the first Korean to both play in the NHL and have his name engraved on the Stanley Cup, his Penguins jersey is displayed in the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto. During five seasons in the NHL (1990-95), he tallied 34 points (5-29—34) and 155 penalty minutes in 217 games with Pittsburgh, Los Angeles and Ottawa.

Paek began his professional career with a three-year stint in Muskegon, Mich., during which he helped the IHL’s Lumberjacks win the 1989 Turner Cup. He added a fourth and final cup to his resume in 1999 as a member of the IHL’s Houston Aeros.

Upon retiring in 2003, Paek served as head coach of the WHA2’s Orlando Seals before joining Grand Rapids.

Paek's Professional Coaching Record
 
        Regular Season Playoffs
Season Team League Position GP W L *T PCT GP W L PCT
2003-04 Orlando WHA2 Head Coach 57 27 25 5 0.518 -- -- -- --
2005-06 Grand Rapids AHL Asst. Coach 80 55 20 5 0.719 16 8 8 0.500
2006-07 Grand Rapids AHL Asst. Coach 80 37 32 11 0.531 7 3 4 0.429
2007-08 Grand Rapids AHL Asst. Coach 80 31 41 8 0.438 -- -- -- --
2008-09 Grand Rapids AHL Asst. Coach 80 43 25 12 0.613 10 4 6 0.400
2009-10 Grand Rapids AHL Asst. Coach 80 34 39 7 0.469 -- -- -- --
2010-11 Grand Rapids AHL Asst. Coach 80 36 34 10 0.512 -- -- -- --
2011-12 Grand Rapids AHL Asst. Coach 76 33 32 11 0.507 -- -- -- --
  GRIFFINS/AHL TOTALS 556 269 193 64 0.541 33 15 18 0.455
  PRO TOTALS 613 296 225 69 0.539 33 15 18 0.455
*Includes ties, overtime losses and shootout losses                

Paek's Playing Record
 
      Regular Season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A PTS PIM GP G A PTS PIM
1984-85 Oshawa OHL 54 2 13 15 57 5 1 0 1 9
1985-86 Oshawa OHL 64 5 21 26 122 6 0 1 1 9
1986-87 Oshawa OHL 57 5 17 22 75 26 1 14 15 43
1987-88 Muskegon IHL 82 7 52 59 141 6 0 0 0 29
1988-89 #Muskegon IHL 80 3 54 57 96 14 1 10 11 24
1989-90 Muskegon IHL 81 9 41 50 115 15 1 10 11 41
1990-91 Canadian National Team 48 2 12 14 24 -- -- -- -- --
  *Pittsburgh NHL 3 0 0 0 9 8 1 0 1 2
1991-92 *Pittsburgh NHL 49 1 7 8 36 19 0 4 4 6
1992-93 Pittsburgh NHL 77 3 15 18 64 -- -- -- -- --
1993-94 Pittsburgh NHL 41 0 4 4 8 -- -- -- -- --
  Los Angeles NHL 18 1 1 2 10 -- -- -- -- --
1994-95 Ottawa NHL 29 0 2 2 28 -- -- -- -- --
1995-96 Houston IHL 25 2 5 7 20 -- -- -- -- --
  Minnesota IHL 41 1 11 12 54 -- -- -- -- --
1996-97 Manitoba IHL 9 0 2 2 12 -- -- -- -- --
  Cleveland IHL 74 3 25 28 36 14 0 1 1 2
1997-98 Cleveland IHL 75 7 9 16 48 10 2 1 3 4
1998-99 Cleveland IHL 65 4 11 15 34 -- -- -- -- --
  #Houston IHL 11 0 3 3 2 19 2 4 6 10
1999-00 Cleveland IHL 69 2 20 22 27 9 0 2 2 2
2000-01 Nottingham Britain 47 3 21 24 28 6 1 2 3 2
2001-02 Anchorage WCHL 40 1 28 29 12 -- -- -- -- --
  Nottingham Britain 5 0 0 0 4 6 0 1 1 4
2002-03 Nottingham Britain 32 1 10 11 10 17 0 4 4 18
  NHL TOTALS 217 5 29 34 155 27 1 4 5 8
  PRO TOTALS 954 48 321 369 794 142 8 39 47 144
* Won Stanley Cup   # Won Turner Cup                    




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