Vancouver, B.C. - Vancouver Canucks General Manager Jim Benning announced today that Ryan Johnson has been confirmed as the first General Manager of the Abbotsford AHL franchise, which will begin play during the 2021.22 season.
"I'm looking forward to continuing our work of developing our organization's prospects and fielding a competitive team at the AHL level," said Johnson. "It's an exciting step for our fans, players, and organization to have our affiliate closer to home, and I'm personally grateful for the opportunity to work in a great hockey market like Abbotsford."
Johnson has served as the General Manager of Vancouver's AHL affiliate Utica Comets since 2017 and as Senior Director of Player Development since 2018. He initially joined the organization in 2013 as a Player Development Consultant and became Director of Player Development in 2016.
Johnson played 701 regular season NHL games from 1997-2011, amassing 122 points (38-84-122), including 120 games in a Canucks uniform (3-11-14). He also appeared in 29 career playoff games, adding five points (1-4-5) and 12 penalty minutes. Over his 13-year NHL career, Johnson led all NHL forwards in blocked shots (455) and blocked shots per 60 minutes (38.96).
Ryan Johnson will continue to serve alongside Canucks Assistant GM Chris Gear to represent Abbotsford on the AHL's Board of Governors.
More information about the Abbotsford AHL franchise, including the new team name, logo and ticket details will be announced soon.
Fans can get to the front of the line for the 2021-22 season by making a $25 deposit for priority access to tickets here.
Fans are also invited to sign-up for the latest insider info about the AHL affiliate here.