Vancouver, BC - The Vancouver Canucks announced today that General Manager, Jim Benning has agreed to a new three-year contract extension with the team through the 2022-2023 season.
Jim Benning, 56, became the 11th General Manager in Canucks history on May 21, 2014. Since his appointment Benning has led the change and development of the club's NHL roster and prospects to establish a new generation of core players, including Elias Pettersson, Brock Boeser and Quinn Hughes.
"It's great that Jim has agreed to continue his work as General Manager," said Chairman and NHL Governor, Francesco Aquilini. "His experience, relationships, and hockey knowledge are invaluable. We're committed to building a winning team and getting back among the NHL elite for the long term. There are no shortcuts, but we've embarked on a path to get there, and I have confidence in Jim's ability to see it through."
Benning joined the Canucks after serving in the capacity of Boston Bruins Assistant General Manager for seven seasons, which culminated in a Stanley Cup Championship in 2011. In that role he was an advisor on all matters pertaining to player evaluation, trades and free agent signings.
Prior to his scouting and management career, Benning played nine seasons in the NHL with the Toronto Maple Leafs and Vancouver Canucks, appearing in 610 NHL games and posting 243 points (52-191-243).
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