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Canucks Hire Desjardins as New Head Coach

Tue, 24 Jun 2014 09:33:00 +0000

Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images(VANCOUVER, British Columbia) -- The Vancouver Canucks hired Willie Desjardins as the team's head coach Monday.

Desjardins, 57, has never been a head coach in the NHL, but he did lead the AHL's Texas Stars to the 2014 Calder Cup title.

"Willie Desjardins has won at every level and we believe that he'll be an excellent fit as we strive to return to the playoffs and build with youth for long-term success," Canucks general manager Jim Benning said in a statement. "Willie is a great teacher, motivator, and communicator. His teams have competed with a style of play we believe will help us compete in our division and in the playoffs."

Desjardins takes over for John Tortorella, who was fired after not living up to expectations and missing the playoffs last season.

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