Skip to main content
The Official Site of the Vancouver Canucks

Ryan Walter Joins Canucks Coaching Staff

by Staff Writer / Vancouver Canucks
Vancouver, B.C. – Vancouver Canucks General Manager Mike Gillis today announced that Ryan Walter has been named an Assistant Coach with the club. Walter joins Head Coach Alain Vigneault and Associate Coach Rick Bowness on the Canucks staff.

“This is another important announcement for our hockey club,” said Gillis. “Ryan’s experiences as a player and motivator will be a great asset to our coaching staff. He has proven himself in the game of hockey and business to be successful at everything he does.”

“I believe strongly that Ryan’s skills will complement Rick and I very well,” said Vigneault. “His leadership skills and ability to motivate others will benefit our organization. I am excited to have Ryan join our staff.”

Walter, 50, enjoyed a 15 year playing career in the NHL, where he played in 1003 regular season games with three clubs including the Canucks. In 1003 games played, Walter recorded 646 points (264-382-646) and 946 penalty minutes. His greatest on-ice accomplishment came in 1986 when he won the Stanley Cup as a member of the Montreal Canadiens.

The 2nd overall selection by the Washington Capitals in the 1978 NHL Entry Draft, Walter went on to play his first four seasons with the Capitals where he was named the team Captain. After wearing the Canadiens sweater for nine seasons, Walter finished his career in his hometown by playing for the Canucks during the 1991-92 and 1992-93 seasons.

During the past 15 years, Walter has earned his Masters of Arts Degree in Leadership/Business and has worked with professional athletes and executives to maximize their potential both physically and mentally. He has been a successful public speaker, author and business leader.

The native of New Westminster currently lives in Langley with his wife Jennifer. The couple has three sons; Ben, Ryan and Joe, as well as two daughters; Christiana and Emma.


Washington Capitals' 1st round choice, 2nd overall, in 1978
Show All Stats
VAN - Career Regular Season Stats
Season Team GP G A P +/- PIM PP SH GW S S%
1991-1992 Canucks   67 6 11 17 6 49 1 1 0 73 8.2
1992-1993 Canucks   25 3 0 3 -2 10 0 0 0 15 20.0
Team Totals:   92 9 11 20  4 59  1  1  0  88  10.2
VAN - Career Playoff Stats
Season Team GP G A P +/- PIM PP SH GW S S%
1991-1992 Canucks   13 0 3 3 -1 8 0 0 0 6 0.0
Team Totals:   13 0 3 3  -1 8  0  0  0  6  0.0
 Career Notes
WCJHL First All-Star Team (1978) WCJHL Player of the Year (1978) Bud Man of the Year Award (1992) Played in NHL All-Star Game (1983) Traded to Montreal by Washington with Rick Green for Rod Langway, Brian Engblom, Doug Jarvis and Craig Laughlin, September 9, 1982. Missed majority of 1990-91 season recovering from wrist injury suffered in game vs. Hartford, October 13, 1990. Signed as a free agent by Vancouver, July 26, 1991.
View More