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Canucks Reach Agreement with Smith and Clark

by Staff Writer / Vancouver Canucks

Vancouver, B.C. – Vancouver Canucks General Manager and Senior Vice President Dave Nonis announced today that the Canucks have extended the contracts of Assistant Coach, Barry Smith and Goaltending Consultant, Ian Clark. In keeping with club policy, terms of the deals were not disclosed.

Barry Smith, 46, enters his fifth season as Assistant Coach and eighth season with the Canucks organization.  Prior to entering his current role, Smith spent three seasons as an Assistant Coach with Vancouver’s top minor league affiliates. Smith has coached Vancouver Canucks prospects in Syracuse, Kansas City and most recently with the Manitoba Moose.

Smith joined the Canucks organization on August 23, 1999 from the Baton Rouge Kingfish of the ECHL, where he worked for two years as the team’s Assistant Coach. Smith spent the 1996-97 season as Head Coach and General Manager of the Waterloo (Iowa) Blackhawks of the United States Junior Hockey League. Prior to joining Waterloo, Smith spent four seasons with the Erie Panthers (ECHL) as both an Assistant Coach (1992-95) and Head Coach (1995-96).

Smith played professional hockey for ten seasons. During that span he spent six seasons as a player/coach in Europe. His extensive youth hockey experiences include 15 years as a head instructor of the Okanagan Hockey School in British Columbia, a school that is noted as being one of the largest amateur hockey camps in North America.

Ian Clark, 41, enters his sixth season with the Canucks as their Goaltending Consultant after joining the club on July 31, 2002. A former resident of the Lower Mainland, Clark currently resides in Dallas, Texas and is the founder and President of the Goaltender Development Institute. He is also the Editor and Chief of From the Crease and The Goalie News, leading development publications for goaltenders of all ages and skill levels.

Clark has been a member of Team Canada’s World Junior Championship coaching staff for three years and helped lead the team to three consecutive gold medals in 2005, 2006 and 2007.  Recognized as one of the leading educators of the goaltending position, Clark’s knowledge and innovative training has attracted high-performance goaltenders at the NHL, minor pro, major junior and NCAA levels.

In 2001-02, Clark worked as the Florida Panthers goaltending consultant. In addition to working with Roberto Luongo, Trevor Kidd and Wade Flaherty, Clark has previously consulted privately with several NHL goaltenders.

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