Upon retiring in 2000 from a 20-year NHL career (in which he won 4 Stanley Cups, 3 Norris Trophies and set multiple records as a defenceman), Paul Coffey decided to turn his attention to his young family.
Although Paul wrestled with the idea of coaching (having consulted for the Phoenix Coyotes, a team in which his old friend Wayne Gretzky coaches), Paul decided that coaching, just like playing, takes too much focus and time away from the home.
As Paul loves working with people, and with his passion for teamwork, Paul turned his attention to the car business.
Bolton Kia is the most recent of Paul’s 3 dealerships to open (also including Toyota and Nissan). As quoted in a February story from the National Post, Paul told a reporter “When a customer comes in I’ll go introduce myself and the conversation goes one of two ways. It’ll be, ‘Oh great, I watched you play, and Gretzky this-and-that.’ And then it’s an easy transition for me to start asking about them, their family, and do their kids play hockey. But then you get the others that say: ‘I don’t watch hockey at all, and I’m not even a hockey fan. And I’ll say: You know what? Neither am I. I’m in the car business now. What can we do for you?”
Bolton Kia is just the next component in a long and ever-growing new career for Paul Coffey.