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Canucks announce coaching staff changes

by Staff Writer / Vancouver Canucks

Vancouver, B.C. - Vancouver Canucks President & General Manager Mike Gillis announced today the signing of Assistant Coach, Newell Brown and the re-signing of Associate Coach Rick Bowness and Assistant Coach, Video, Darryl Williams. Goaltending Coach, Roland Melanson joined the Canucks on June 22, 2010. As a result of these announcements, it has been determined that Ryan Walter will leave the organization.

Rick Bowness returns for his fifth season as a member of the Canucks coaching staff and 21st NHL season in a coaching capacity. Bowness has held the position of Head Coach with five teams over his NHL coaching career and spent seven seasons in the League as a player with Atlanta, Detroit, St. Louis and Winnipeg.

Darryl Williams returns for his third season with the Canucks in the capacity of Assistant Coach, Video. Williams played 11 seasons in the AHL and IHL and is the first Newfoundland-native to work in an NHL coaching position in League history.

Brown, 48, joins the Canucks coaching staff after spending the past five seasons as Assistant Coach with the Anaheim Ducks. He has also worked as Assistant Coach for the Columbus Blue Jackets and Chicago Blackhawks over a 13-year NHL coaching career. Prior to joining the NHL ranks, Brown spent four seasons as Head Coach of the Adirondack Red Wings, Detroit’s AHL affiliate. He also served as Head Coach of Michigan University from 1990-92 and was an Assistant at Michigan State from 1986-90.

“Newell brings a tremendous amount of NHL experience and success to our team as an Assistant Coach, including a Stanley Cup Championship”, said Mike Gillis. “We believe his skill set complements our coaching staff and will help further develop our players; ultimately making this team more competitive.”

Brown’s playing career included two seasons with the Cornwall Royals, where he helped the Royals win the Memorial Cup in 1979. Drafted by Vancouver 158th overall in the 1982 NHL Entry Draft, Brown spent one year in the Canucks organization playing for Fredericton (AHL) and Muskegon (IHL) before captaining the Canadian National Team in 1985-86.

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