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Canucks hire AHL's Texas Stars assistant coach Doug Lidster

Monday, 07.07.2014 / 8:05 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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Canucks hire AHL's Texas Stars assistant coach Doug Lidster

VANCOUVER - The Vancouver Canucks have hired Doug Lidster as an assistant coach.

Lidster most recently worked under new Canucks head coach Willie Desjardins in the AHL where the pair led the Texas Stars to the Calder Cup championship.

The 52-year-old Kamloops, B.C., native has experience at every level of hockey.

He was drafted 133rd overall by the Canucks in 1980 and went on to play defence through 16 NHL seasons for Vancouver, the New York Rangers, St. Louis and Dallas. His won two Stanley Cups with the Rangers in 1994 and the Stars in 1999.

Lidster represented Canada as a player at the 1984 Sarajevo Games and at three IIHF world championships.

Lidster's resume also includes assistant coaching jobs with Canada's men's team, the women's squad, with whom he won gold at the 2010 Vancouver Games, and as head coach of the Ontario Hockey League's Saginaw Spirit.

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