The Vancouver Canucks on Thursday named former NHL center Travis Green coach of the Utica Comets, their new affiliate in the American Hockey League.
?We are very pleased to have Travis Green join our organization,? general manager Mike Gillis said in a statement. ?Travis brings a wealth of hockey knowledge and a winning pedigree to the role. His experience as a player and immediate success as a head coach, guiding Portland to a WHL championship this past year, are tremendous assets to lead and develop our players and prospects in Utica.?
Green, 42, most recently served as assistant general manager and interim coach of the Portland Winterhawks, who won the Western Hockey League championship and advanced to the final of the Memorial Cup in May, where they lost to the Halifax Mooseheads. He joined the Winterhawks in October 2008 as assistant coach and assistant GM.
Green scored 193 goals and had 455 points 14 seasons in the NHL with the New York Islanders, Anaheim Ducks, Phoenix Coyotes, Toronto Maple Leafs and Boston Bruins after being selected by the Islanders in the second round (No. 23) in the 1989 NHL Draft.
The Comets are in their first season in the AHL. The Canucks' 2012-13 affiliate, the Chicago Wolves, is now a farm team of the St. Louis Blues.