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Vancouver Canucks officially introduce Jim Benning as team's new general manager

Friday, 05.23.2014 / 3:15 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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Vancouver Canucks officially introduce Jim Benning as team's new general manager

VANCOUVER - The Vancouver Canucks have officially introduced Jim Benning as their new general manager.

New Canucks president of hockey operations Trevor Linden welcomed Benning at a press conference on Friday.

Benning is the first significant hire made by Linden, who was handed the franchise's reigns after the team missed the playoffs for the first time in six years following a disastrous 2013-14 campaign.

Benning spent the last eight seasons with the Boston Bruins, including seven as the club's assistant general manager.

A former Canucks defenceman during his playing days, the 51-year-old Benning is the 11th general manager in franchise history — a post he has never held with an NHL club.

The Edmonton native replaces Mike Gillis, who was fired as Vancouver's president and general manager a day after the club was eliminated from playoff contention with three games left in the regular season.

Benning's first order of business with the Canucks will be to hire a new head coach after Linden axed John Tortorella earlier this month following one tumultuous campaign.

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