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Vancouver Canucks Assistant Coaches and Staff 2024

By Dipak BK / 24 November 2023 02:55 AM

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Vancouver Canucks assistant coaches are Adam Foote and Mike Yeo. Former Coyotes coach, Rick Tocchet serves as the team's 21st head coach. 

Tochet has served as the head coach of the Canucks ever since he was tapped to replace their former coach Bruce Boudreau. After an 18-25-3 start to the 2022/23 season, Bruce was fired on January 22, 2023, and replaced by Tocchet on the very same day.

Boudreau was hired by the Canucks on December 5, 2021, and in his tenure with the Canucks had a record of 50-40-13. He has coached 1,087 games in the NHL with a career record of 617-342-128.

The Canucks finished out the 2022/23 season with a record of 20-12-4, finishing 6th in the Pacific. They are currently 13-5-1 in their 2023/24 campaign under Tocchett's leadership. 

Foote was named as the assistant coach for the Canucks o the same day as the mid-season hiring of Tocchet. Yeo has been the assistant coach for the Canucks since July 2022, when he was initially hired under Boudreau.

Ian Clark serves as the team's Director of Goaltending and has been on the Canucks Coaching staff since 2018.

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. 

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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. 

Playing Career

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. 

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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. 

Vancouver Canucks Coaching Staff

Vancouver Canucks Coaching Staff includes head coach Rick Tocchet, assistant coaches Adam Foote and Mike Yeo, goaltending coach Ian Clark, and more. 

He joined the team alongside head coach Rick Tocchet. Before his hiring by the Canucks he served as the head coach of the Kelowna Rockets of the WHL from 2018 to 2020. 

The Toronto, Ontario native was drafted by the Quebec Nordiques(now known as the Colorado Avalanche) in 1989 as the 22nd overall pick. He spent most of his career playing for the Avalanche(1991-2004, 2008-2011) and spent three seasons with the Colombus Blue Jackets(2005-2008). 

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The former Avalanche defenseman lifted the Stanley Cup twice with the team, first in 1996 and for the second time in 2001. The Avalanche retired his jersey #52 on November 2, 2013. 

The last former Nordique to be active in the NHL has represented Team Canada on multiple occasions and won the gold with them in the 2002 Olympics and the 2004 World Cup of Hockey. He got hired by the Avalanche as their defensive coach in 2011 post-retirement, a role he stayed in until 2017. 

Yeo has been on the Canucks bench since 2022, and before that, he served as the interim head coach of the Philadelphia Flyers. He was hired in 2019 by the Flyers as their assistant coach and tapped to be their interim head coach on December 21 following the firing of their former coach, Alain Vigneault. 

The Scarborough, Ontario Native, played in the OHL, IHL, and a season in the AHL before getting his NHL coaching start with the Penguins as their assistant coach in 2005. He has been serving as the assistant coach for the team's AHL affiliates since 2000.

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On June 16, 2010, Yeo joined the Houston Aeros of the AHL as their head coach. The Aeros were the top AHL affiliates of the Minnesota Wild at the time. 

The Wild named him as their third head coach on June 17, 2011. The Wild fired him on February 13, 2016. He had a record of 173-132-44 with the team. 

After the Wild fired him for losing 13 of 14 games in 2016, Yeo joined the St. Louis Blues as their assistant coach on June 13, 2016. He took over as their head coach on February 1, 2017, a position he held until  November 2018. 

Canucks Video coach Dylan Crawford, son of Marc Crawford the former Canucks head coach(1999-2006) used an alias to get his start in coaching. He used his mother's maiden name, Campeau, when applying for coaching gigs. 

Crawford spent 4 seasons as the assistant video coach for the Chicago Blackhawks before he was hired by the Canucks in 2022.

Here is the full list of the Canucks Coaching staffs:

DesignationName
Head CoachRick Tocchet
Assistant CoachesAdam Foote & Mike Yeo
Director of GoaltendingIan Clark
Defensive Development CoachSergei Gonchar
Video CoachDylan Crawford
Assistant to Cideo CoachGreg Houde
Skills CoachYogi Svejkocsky

Vancouver Canucks Coach History

Vancouver Canucks Coach History includes 21 head coaches to lead the team since the franchise's inception in 1970. Hal Laycoe was their first head coach.

Lacoye was the inaugural head coach of the Canucks when they began play in the NHL in 1970. He coached the team for two seasons, compiling a record of 44-96-16.

Roger Neilson(1982), Pat Quinn(1994), and Alain Vigneault(2011) are the only coaches to have led the Canucks to the Stanley Cup Finals in franchise history. Neilson was the first Canucks coach to lead the team to their first trip to the Stanley Cup Finals in 1982, they lost 4-0 to the New York Islanders.

The only coaches to win the Jack Adams coaching the Canucks are Quinn(1992) and Vigneault(2007). Neilson is the only Hockey Hall of Fame inducted coach to have coached the Canucks. 

Here are all the coaches to have taken the helm of the team and the years they served.

Coach NameTerm
Hal Laycoe1970–1972
Vic Stasiuk1972–1973
Bill McCreary1973–1974
Phil Maloney1974–1977
Orland Kurtenbach1977–1978
Harry Neale1978–1982, 1984, 1984-1985
Roger Neilson1982–1984
Bill LaForge1984
Tom Watt1985–1987
Bob McCammon1987–1991
Pat Quinn1991–1994, 1996
Rick Ley1994–1996
Tom Renney1996–1997
Mike Keenan1997–1999
Marc Crawford1999–2006
Alain Vigneault2006–2013
John Tortorella2013–2014
Willie Desjardins2014–2017
Travis Green2017–2021
Bruce Boudreau2021–2023
Rick Tocchet2023–present

Pat Quinn

The eleventh head coach of the franchise, Quinn joined the Canucks as the President and general manager in 1987/88. He started coaching the team in 1991, and the Canucks did not miss the playoffs during his tenure.

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The two-time Jack Adams Award winner won his first with the Flyers in 1980. His second was with the Canucks in 1992. 

The Hamilton, Ontario native had a record of 141-111-28 in his 280 games coached for the team. He has led Team Canada to win the gold in four international competitions(2002 Winter Olympics, 2004 World Cup, 2008 IIHF U18 & 2009 IIHF U20) as the head coach.

In 2016 he was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame and the IIHF Hall of Fame. He passed away after a long battle with illness on Nov 23, 2014, at the age of 71. 

Marc Crawford

Crawford was the head coach of the Vancouver Canucks from 1999 to 2006. He began his coaching career as the head coach of the Cornwall Royals of the OHL. 

Before he started with the Quebec Nordiques in 1994/95, he was the 1993 Louis A. R. Pieri Memorial Award Winner as the AHL coach of the year. He had moved to coaching the St. John's Maple Leafs in the AHL after two seasons in the OHL.

The Belleville, Ontario native was the longest-serving and the winningest coach in the Canucks history until his record of 246W-189L-62T-32OTL in 529 games coached was surpassed by Vigneault. Before joining the Canucks he led the Colorado Avalanche to the 1996 Stanley Cup championship. 

Alain Vigneault

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Vigneault(2006-2013) is the winningest coach in franchise history(313 W) and the only individual to coach the most games(540) for the team. He is the second coach to win a Jack Adams Award as the coach of the year with the team.

The Quebec City, Quebec native started his coaching with the QMJHL when he was 25. His NHL coaching career began in 1993/93 as the assistant coach of the Ottawa Senators. 

The last Canucks coach to take the team to the Stanley Cup Finals, Vigneault was also the man behind the bench for their 2010/11 and 2011/12 back-to-back Presidents' trophies. In his tenure with the team, they missed the playoffs only once in 2007/08 

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