The Canucks have continued their staff shuffle by making Lorne Henning the new Assistant General Manager and Vice President of Player Personnel and Laurence Gilman, has also been named Assistant General Manager and Vice President of Hockey Operations.
Henning, 56, will work closely with General Manager, Mike Gillis, on all player personnel decisions including player evaluations, trades and free-agent signings. Henning will also manage the club’s professional North American and European Scouting and continue in a scouting capacity, covering Western Conference NHL teams. Additionally, Henning will serve as the primary liaison with the Canucks minor league affiliate, the Manitoba Moose and oversee the Director of Player Development.
Gilman will oversee the development and implementation of the budget for the Canucks’ hockey operations department, negotiation of player contracts, salary arbitration, player transactions, administration and application of the NHL’s Collective Bargaining Agreement and the development of the club’s strategic salary cap plan. He will also supervise and oversee the Club’s amateur scouting department.
Stan Smyl, 50, has spent his entire professional hockey career with the Canucks and was named Senior Advisor to the General Manager after recently taking on new duties as Director of Collegiate Scouting.
In his new role with the club, Smyl will work closely with General Manager, Mike Gillis on a number of initiatives in the hockey operations department, while continuing his responsibilities for scouting and evaluating the collegiate game in North America. Smyl began his career with the Canucks as a player, then coach and has most recently worked in a Player Development capacity.
General Manager Mike Gillis added Scott Mellanby to the Vancouver Canucks scouting staff.
Mellanby joined the Canucks organization in May 2008 as a Consultant to the General Manager following his retirement as a player after the 2006-07 season. The Montreal native played in 1431 games, tallying 840 points and 2479 penalty minutes over the course of his 20 year NHL career.
Drafted 27th overall by the Philadelphia Flyers in the 1984 NHL Entry Draft, Mellanby played with five teams during his career. His experience and leadership led to him being named captain for both the Florida Panthers and Atlanta Thrashers.
In conjunction with the Manitoba Moose, the Canucks also announced today, the appointment of Jay Wells as the new Assistant Coach for the Moose.
Before joining the Moose, Wells was the head coach of the Brantford Blast of the OHASr in the 2003-04 season. From 1997 to 2001 Wells worked as an Assistant Coach with the Portland Pirates and the Hershey Bears of the AHL.
Wells brings plenty of hockey knowledge to the Moose having played 18 seasons in the NHL prior to his coaching career. He was drafted 16th overall by the Los Angeles Kings in 1979 and went on to play with five other teams, including the 1994 Stanley Cup-winning New York Rangers.OTHER NEWS:
The Canucks prospects check in Friday, September 12 and kick off prospects camp the following day. Check back to Canucks.com daily for videos, features, blogs, and exclusive photos from the week's events, including a live stream of the Canucks prospects games in Camrose, Alberta.
The Canucks are schedule to play the Flames prospects Monday, September 15 and the Oilers prospects Tuesday, September 16, both games start at 6:00pm PST.