BostonBruins.com - On Wednesday night, it was announced that Bruins Assistant General Manager Jim Benning had been named the new general manager of the Vancouver Canucks.
With the Bruins for eight seasons, Benning has worked in scouting and management in the NHL for more than 20 years.
"Jim was a valuable member of our hockey operations staff for the past eight seasons," Bruins President Cam Neely said in a statement released by the team on Thursday. "Our organization is appreciative of the contributions he made and we wish him and his family the best in their new endeavor in Vancouver."
"Jim was a valuable member of our organization, whose experience, work ethic and hockey acumen was greatly appreciated in the course of his time here," Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli said in a statement. "We wish him the best of luck in his new position. Jim will have no further obligations to the Bruins effective immediately. We will look internally and externally to replace that position."
When reports had started surfacing earlier in the week about Benning's possible hire for Vancouver's vacant GM job, Neely was asked during his year-end press conference about the management group possibly looking different moving forward.
"That’s what happens when you have success," said Neely. "Teams look at other organizations that have success and start inquiring about your management group. It’s something that a lot of good organizations have had to deal with over time and we are dealing with that right now."
Owner Jeremy Jacobs saw it as a point of pride, to have others look to the Bruins' organization for a model of how to build a successful franchise.
"I think that it speaks to what’s now become sort of the Boston model," Jacobs said. "People do want to copy what you’re doing because of the success we have seen and we didn’t win this year, and got to the Finals the year before and all. These are enviable positions to be in."
"It’s a leadership team and Cam leads and is part of it. Starting with Charlie [Jacobs], through Peter, through Claude [Julien] and Cam. I think they have met and exceeded our expectations, my expectations at least. I think we’ve done a terrific job to create a winning institution. I think we have delivered on what we promised."