Paul Maurice is returning as coach of the Winnipeg Jets, agreeing Wednesday to a four-year contract.

"Quite honestly it really didn't take that long," Jets executive vice president and general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff said. "He's an impressive hockey coach, but he's an impressive person as well... Made a tremendous impact the moment he walked in."

Maurice had an 18-12-5 record this season after replacing Claude Noel on Jan. 12. He won nine of his first 11 games as coach.

It wasn't enough to get the Jets into the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time since their relocation to Winnipeg, as they finished No. 11 in the Western Conference with a 37-35-10 record.

Still, players publicly supported a return engagement for Maurice.