Canucks Head Coach
Canucks Head Coach Rick Tocchet serves as the 21st head coach of the franchise after being hired mid-season in 2022/23 to replace Boudreau.
The Scarborough, Ontario native served as the head coach of the Arizona Coyotes from 2017 to 2021 before taking the Nucks' helm. His record with the Coyotes totals 125-131-34 in his 4 seasons.
On May 10th, 2021 he agreed to part ways with the Coyotes, the decision was a mutual agreement between the team and Tocchet. He was hired by the Coyotes in 2017.
He started working in 2002-03 as the assistant coach for the Colorado Avalanche. He left the Avalanche to join the Phoenix Coyotes(now known as Arizona Coyotes) as their assistant coach in 2005 and later took over as the interim head coach..
He stepped in as the head coach for the Coyotes when the team's then-head coach Wayne Gretzky had to take a step down due to his mother's health.
On July 9, 2008, he left the Coyotes to join the Tampa Bay Lightning as their associate coach and was tapped to be their interim head coach on November 14. He was replacing their former coach Barry Melrose, who was relieved of his duties two days earlier.
The interim tag was removed by the Lightning on May 11, 2009. He spent two seasons with the Lightning before leaving the team on April 12, 2010. He compiled a record of 53-69-26 in 148 games as their head coach.
After being let go by the Lightning, He was hired as the assistant coach by the Pittsburgh Penguins on June 25, 2014. He was behind the Penguins bench for their 2016 and 2017 back-to-back Stanley Cup wins.
The 2016 and 2017 Stanley Cup wins as the Penguins' assistant coach were his second and third Cup with the team. His first Stanley Cup win was in 1992, skating for the Penguins.
Although he lifted the holy grail of hockey with the Penguins, Tocchet spent most of his playing career in the NHL skating for the Philadelphia Flyers. The Flyers had drafted him in the 1983 NHL draft.
The Flyers inducted He into their "Flyers Hall of Fame" in 2021. He is also the Flyers(9) and NHL(18) record holder for the most Gordie Howe hat tricks.
In addition to the Flyers and Penguins, Tocchet has also played for the Washington Capitals, Phoenix Coyotes, Goston Bruins, and Los Angeles Kings. He has played 1,144 regular season games in the NHL earning 952 points(440 G & 512 A) and logging 2,972 career penalty minutes.
He is one of the few NHL players to have over 400 goals and logged over 2,000 penalty minutes. He played for Team Canada on three separate occasions in 1987, 1990, and 1991.