Windsor native John Paris Jr. played hockey on championship teams at many levels, but that alone is not what makes him such an exceptional addition to the Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame. Paris’ playing career ended in 1970 after playing in the QMJHL, the AHL, the WHL, and even a few NHL exhibition games. It was then he began the career that would really make a name for him.
During the 1970-71 season, Paris began coaching hockey in the minor leagues, consistently moving up in the ranks. By 1986, his midget team won the Air Canada Cup national championships and he was named coach of the year. By 1987, he was coaching in the QMJHL and was scouting for the St. Louis Blues of the NHL.
In the 1993-94 season, Paris was hired by the Atlanta Knights of the IHL. He became the first African-Canadian to coach in professional hockey. His move to professional hockey proved to be a good one when he led the Knights to win the Turner Cup championship. He continued a successful professional coaching career in the IHL and the CHL, posting a winning record five out of six seasons.
Also a certified sports psychologist, Paris has a special ability to motivate his players as well as a vast hockey knowledge that covers all aspects of the game. He has his eye on the NHL and, as his coaching career continues in professional hockey, that seems to be a goal in close sight.
• Voted MVP on every Team and League as a child
• Joined QMJHL and went on to Quebec Aces in the AHL
• Coached Quebec Teams to Championships for 20 years
• Specialist in Nutrition and Sport Psychology
• Motivation & Mental Prep Specialist
• Respected TV Hockey Analyst and Commentator
• Named Head Coach Atlanta Knights IHL 1994
• Led Atlanta Knights to Win the IHL Turner Cup
• Head Coach and GM Georgia Macon Whoopees, CHL
• Head Coach Hockey IMG Sports Academy 2001, FL
• He has now shifted from coaching to teaching