The Anaheim Ducks announced on Friday that they have named Dave Nonis Senior Advisor of Hockey Operations. Nonis will work closely with Executive Vice President/General Manager Brian Burke, Senior Vice President of Hockey Operations Bob Murray and Assistant General Manager David McNab on all hockey-related issues for the upcoming NHL season.
Nonis spent the last 10 years with the Vancouver Canucks organization. He spent the first six seasons as Senior Vice President, Director of Hockey Operations (1998-2004) before being promoted to Senior Vice President and General Manager in May 2004. Under his leadership, the Canucks produced the best season in franchise history in 2006-07, setting club records for both points (105) and wins (49) in a single season. In addition, Nonis negotiated a blockbuster trade with Florida on June 23, 2006, bringing goaltender Roberto Luongo to Vancouver.
Prior to joining the Canucks, Nonis was the Manager of Hockey Operations for the National Hockey League for four seasons (1994-98). During his tenure with the NHL, he became a Collective Bargaining Agreement specialist, helping to finalize sections of the document when the previous edition was drafted prior to the 1994-95 season. Nonis originally broke into the NHL with the Canucks in 1990 where he was responsible for corporate contracts, computer scouting and team services.
A native of Burnaby, British Columbia, Nonis played for the Burnaby Bluehawks (British Columbia Junior Hockey League) from 1982-84. He then played four seasons at the University of Maine, serving as team captain in 1987 and 1988 while also leading the club to consecutive NCAA Frozen Four appearances.