Skip to main content
Advertising

Originally published June 23, 2014 at 9:02 PM | Page modified June 23, 2014 at 9:05 PM

  • Share:
           
  • Comments (0)
  • Print

Vancouver Canucks hire Willie Desjardins as coach

Willie Desjardins, 57, has been hired as coach of the Vancouver Canucks. He has guided teams to championships in the Western Hockey League and the American Hockey League.


The Associated Press

VANCOUVER, B.C. – Willie Desjardins has guided teams to championships in the Western Hockey League and the American Hockey League.

The 57-year-old will get a chance to see how he fares at the sport’s top level.

Desjardins was hired as coach of the Vancouver Canucks on Monday.

He will join Trevor Linden, the recently hired president of hockey operations, and first-time NHL general manager Jim Benning as the Canucks rebuild after a disappointing 2013-14 season.

“I’ve been looking forward to this opportunity for a long time,” Desjardins said.

Desjardins becomes the 18th coach in team history and succeeds John Tortorella, who was fired after one season behind the Canucks’ bench. Vancouver missed the playoffs for the first time since 2008.

Desjardins said he thinks the Canucks can be a playoff contender again.

“We have so many great leaders on this team, and to get to be part of that group, I’m looking forward to it,” he said. “They’ve won in the past; they’ll win again.”

Desjardins won the WHL title with the Medicine Hat Tigers in 2004 and 2007. He guided the AHL Texas Stars to the Calder Cup this year.

Desjardins earlier was thought to be a candidate to coach Pittsburgh, where the Penguins have a roster that includes superstars Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin.

“Sidney Crosby’s a heck of a hockey player, obviously, but for me, when I looked at what was here — I looked at the two guys who are leading this (Benning and Linden), I looked at the quality of the players ... Canadian market, Vancouver fans — it was the right choice to come here.”

Notes

• Goaltender Dominik Hasek, defenseman Rob Blake and forwards Peter Forsberg and Mike Modano are in the 2014 Hall of Fame class, along with former referee Bill McCreary and the late Pat Burns, who will be enshrined posthumously as a coach in the builder category.

• Philadelphia acquired forward R.J. Umberger, 32, and a fourth-round pick in the 2015 draft from the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for forward Scott Hartnell, 32.

• Montreal defenseman Andrei Markov, 35, signed a three-year extension worth $17.25 million that goes through the 2016-17 season.

• Starting Friday, the Phoenix Coyotes will be known as the Arizona Coyotes.



Want unlimited access to seattletimes.com? Subscribe now!

Seattle Sketcher Book

Seattle Sketcher Book

Take home the Seattle Sketcher's latest book! Available now.

Advertising

Partner Video

Advertising


Advertising
The Seattle Times

The door is closed, but it's not locked.

Take a minute to subscribe and continue to enjoy The Seattle Times for as little as 99 cents a week.

Subscription options ►

Already a subscriber?

We've got good news for you. Unlimited seattletimes.com content access is included with most subscriptions.

Subscriber login ►
The Seattle Times

To keep reading, you need a subscription upgrade.

We hope you have enjoyed your complimentary access. For unlimited seattletimes.com access, please upgrade your digital subscription.

Call customer service at 1.800.542.0820 for assistance with your upgrade or questions about your subscriber status.

The Seattle Times

To keep reading, you need a subscription.

We hope you have enjoyed your complimentary access. Subscribe now for unlimited access!

Subscription options ►

Already a subscriber?

We've got good news for you. Unlimited seattletimes.com content access is included with most subscriptions.

Activate Subscriber Account ►