Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Canucks name Vigneault head coach

And it certainly didn't take long to slap an updated bio up on Canucks.com.

While I wasn't overly impressed with Alain Vigneault during his lone stint as an NHL head coach (with the Montreal Canadiens), he does have some impressive credentials. Among those that I didn't know off the top of my head is that he won a Memorial Cup as a 26-year-old coach of the Hull Olympiques in 1988 and then went on to serve for a few years as an assistant with Canada's junior national team.

His most recent season in the AHL was rather impressive given the Manitoba Moose's mediocre cast (not surprising considering the perpetual dearth of decent prospects in the Vancouver organization), and I like the idea of promoting from within. One wonders where this leaves longtime Marc Crawford associate coach Mike Johnston, who made no secret of his desire to take over the top job.


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