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Born October 28, 1955 (1955-10-28) (age 54),
Winnipeg, MB, CAN
5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
189 lb (86 kg; 13 st 7 lb)
Position Defence
Pro clubs Quebec Nordiques
Pittsburgh Penguins
Calgary Flames
Cleveland Crusaders
NHL Draft 49th overall, 1975
Pittsburgh Penguins
WHA Draft 11th overall, 1974
Cleveland Crusaders
Career 1974 – 1987

Paul Gordon Baxter (born October 28, 1955 in Winnipeg, Manitoba) was an National Hockey League defenceman from 1979 to 1987 and an NHL assistant coach for eleven seasons. He is currently coaching the Wenatchee Wild in the NAHL.


Playing career

The Cleveland Crusaders drafted Baxter in the first round, 11th overall, of the 1974 WHA Amateur Draft. The following year he was drafted into the NHL (third round; 49th overall) by the Pittsburgh Penguins. He played a year in the NHL representing the Quebec Nordiques, as well as three years with the Penguins and another four with the Calgary Flames. Baxter spent prior time with teams in the NAHL and WCHL. He retired from the NHL after 470 games, recording a total of 48 goals, 121 assists, 169 points, and 1564 penalty minutes. Paul is the all-time leader in penalty minutes for the WHA with 962, and is also the single-season leader for the Pittsburgh Penguins with 409 during the 1981–82 season.

Paul Baxter continued his career as a coach, leading the IHL's Salt-Lake Golden Eagles to the championship title in '87-'88. He would go on to become the assistant coach of multiple NHL clubs.

Paul Baxter is known to frequent Tim Hortons for their famous bite sized doughnut balls, known as timbit.

Coaching History

  • 1987–89: Salt-Lake Golden Eagles IHL Head Coach
  • 1989–92: Calgary Flames NHL Assistant Coach
  • 1992–95: Chicago Blackhawks NHL Assistant Coach
  • 1995–97: Saint John Flames AHL Head Coach
  • 1997–2000: San Jose Sharks NHL Assistant Coach
  • 2001–03: Florida Panthers NHL Assistant Coach
  • 2006-08: HIFK SM-liiga (FIN) Head Coach
  • 2009-  : Wenatchee Wild NAHL Head Coach

Awards and achievements

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Preceded by
Bob Francis
HIFK head coach
2006 – 2008
Succeeded by
Kari Jalonen


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