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10/31/1955 Kirkland Lake, Ontario
Claude Noel was an offensive-minded centre who played seven games for the Washington Capitals in 1979-80. Although his NHL career was short-lived, he accumulated plenty of points in the AHL and IHL.
The native of Kirkland Lake, Ontario played minor hockey in Virginiatown and tier II hockey with the North Bay Trappers before joining the OHA's Kitchener Rangers on 1974-75. The next year he scored 61 points in his first year as a pro with the North American League's Buffalo Norsemen. Beginning in 1976-77, he was a regular contributor to the Hershey Bears offense for five years and helped the team win the Calder Cup in 1980. During this time, he was signed by the Capitals as a free agent, but only saw spot duty in seven contests.
Noel played five IHL seasons in the 80s and also sat out two years. In 1983 he scored 124 points in the regular season then led all scorers with 15 assists in 11 games, while helping the Toledo Goaldiggers win the Turner Cup. Noel retired in 1988 after playing one last year with the Milwaukee Admirals of the "I".
Noel was an assistant coach with the Milwaukee Admirals from 1998-2002. In 2003, he was named the East Coast Hockey League's Coach of the Year, after guiding the Toledo Storm to a 47-15-0-10 record. The 2003-04 season was Noel's first season as the Milwaukee Admirals head coach, where he became the 12th man ever to win Calder Cup titles as both a player and a coach. He was the head coach of the Milwaukee Admirals from 2003 to 2007. Noel is currently an assistant coach for the Columbus Blue Jackets.
IHL Second All-Star Team (1983); Won James Gatschene Memorial Trophy (MVP - IHL) (1983). Signed as a free agent by Washington, October 9, 1979.