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Canucks announce Gulutzan, Sullivan as assistants

Wednesday, 07.24.2013 / 9:00 AM / News

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Canucks announce Gulutzan, Sullivan as assistants
Vancouver Canucks coach John Tortorella on Tuesday confirmed Glen Gulutzan and Mike Sullivan will be assistants on his staff.

Vancouver Canucks coach John Tortorella on Tuesday confirmed Glen Gulutzan and Mike Sullivan will be assistants on his staff.

Tortorella made the announcement at the team's summer summit for fans.

Gulutzan was fired as Dallas Stars coach May 14 after going 64-57-9 in two seasons.

"He brings youth, he brings the desire," Tortorella said of Gulutzan, 41. "He's going to be one [heck] of a coach in this League -- as a head coach -- and we are very fortunate to have him on our staff."

Sullivan was an assistant under Tortorella with the New York Rangers for the past four seasons. Sullivan previously was coach of the Boston Bruins.

"He's just such a good teacher," Tortorella said. "I think that's a very important part of the game, is the teaching part of it."

Darryl Williams (video) and Roland Melanson (goaltending) will complete the staff, Tortorella said.

"I'm really excited about the staff and how we think, how we think the game and how we're going to go about the business," Tortorella said.

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