Canucks hire Willie Desjardins as coach

The Vancouver Canucks announced on Monday that Willie Desjardins has taken on the role as head coach of the Canucks.

In a statement made by Canucks’ general manager Jim Benning said that “Willie is a great teacher, motivator and communicator; his teams have competed with a style of play we believe will help us compete in our division and in the playoffs.” Benning added that the team looks “…forward to bringing back this team’s winning qualities.”

Desjardins, who hails from Climax, Saskatchewan, previously served as head coach for the AHL team Texas Stars and helped the team win their first Calder Cup for the 2013-14 AHL season. Before coaching the Texas Stars, Desjardins worked as an associate coach for the Dallas Stars for the 2010-11 and 2011-12 seasons. Prior to that, he was head coach and general manager of the WHL Medicine Hat Tigers, leading them to two Memorial Cup Tournaments and a Memorial Cup Final.

Source: Vancouver Canucks

About Frederick Linsmeyer

A regular pop-drinking, hockey-watching, snow-shovelling Canadian, Frederick, aka Nephrus, loves his anime. Born and raised in Vancouver, British Columbia, Frederick runs amok between his hometown and the states of Illinois and Texas, spending time with friends, at anime conventions and looking for some good burgers or sashimi.

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