Canucks hire Bruce Boudreau as head coach

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The Vancouver Canucks replaced head coach Travis Green with veteran bench boss Bruce Boudreau, the team announced late Sunday night.

Boudreau becomes the 20th head coach in franchise history and will be joined on the bench by Scott Walker, who joins the team as an assistant coach.

"I am excited to add Bruce Boudreau as our new head coach, and Scott as assistant," Canucks chairman Francesco Aquilini said in a statement. "Bruce is one of the most experienced coaches in the NHL, with nearly 1,000 games behind the bench and a successful track record working with some of the game's best talent. Scott is a young coach with an excellent reputation who will fit in very well with our group."

Boudreau will coach the club through at least next season, TSN's Darren Dreger added.

The Canucks also moved on from general manager Jim Benning, assistant GM John Weisbrod, and assistant coach Nolan Baumgartner on Sunday.

Green had been the head coach of the Canucks since 2017-18, leading the team to one playoff appearance. He owns a lifetime .478 points percentage behind the bench. Vancouver sits last in the Pacific Division this season with an 8-15-2 record.

Boudreau has coached 984 games in the NHL between the Washington Capitals, Anaheim Ducks, and Minnesota Wild. He won the Jack Adams Award as coach of the year in 2007-08 with the Caps.

The 66-year-old has been out of coaching since the Minnesota Wild fired him in 2019-20, serving as an NHL Network analyst since.

Boudreau ranks 18th on the all-time coaching list in points percentage (.635) and 22nd in wins (567). He's made the playoffs in 10 out of his 13 seasons as an NHL head coach, winning eight division titles.

Canucks hire Bruce Boudreau as head coach
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