Complete List Of Vancouver Canucks Head Coaches In Order

List Of Vancouver Canucks Head Coaches In Order

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The Vancouver Canucks, one of the Canadian jewels in the crown of the NHL, have been enthralling hockey fans since their inception in 1970. Hailing from Vancouver, British Columbia, the Canucks have enjoyed a storied history and have seen a series of influential coaches guide the team through its highs and lows. Each coach has brought their unique flair and vision to the team, aiming to capture the elusive Stanley Cup. Below is a comprehensive look at the individuals who have taken the helm of the Canucks.

1 – Hal Laycoe (1970-1972)

Born in 1922 in Sutherland, Saskatchewan. Laycoe played for the New York Rangers (1945-1950) and Boston Bruins (1950-1955). After his playing career, he coached the Portland Buckaroos in the WHL before joining the Canucks.

2 – Vic Stasiuk (1972-1973)

Stasiuk was born in 1929 in Lethbridge, Alberta. As a player, he suited up for the Chicago Blackhawks (1950-1951), Boston Bruins (1951-1955), Detroit Red Wings (1955-1963), and Philadelphia Flyers (1967-1969).

3 – Bill McCreary (1973-1974)

Born in 1934 in Sundridge, Ontario. McCreary’s playing career was primarily with the St. Louis Blues (1967-1972).

4 – Phil Maloney (1974-1977)

Maloney, born in 1927 in Ottawa, Ontario, played for the Boston Bruins (1949-1951) and Chicago Black Hawks (1951-1953). He also had a significant AHL career.

5 – Orland Kurtenbach (1976-1978)

Hailing from Cudworth, Saskatchewan, and born in 1936, Kurtenbach played for the New York Rangers (1960-1966, 1970-1974), Boston Bruins (1966-1967), and Vancouver Canucks (1970-1974).

6 – Harry Neale (1978-1982, 1984)

Neale was born in 1937 in Sarnia, Ontario. Before coaching the Canucks, he coached the Detroit Red Wings (1985-1986).

7 – Roger Neilson (1982-1984)

Born in 1934 in Toronto, Ontario, Neilson never played in the NHL but had a storied coaching career, including the Toronto Maple Leafs (1977-1979), Buffalo Sabres (1980-1981), Los Angeles Kings (1984), New York Rangers (1989-1993), Florida Panthers (1995-1998), and Philadelphia Flyers (1998-2000).

8 – Tom Watt (1985-1987)

Born in 1935 in Weston, Ontario. He also coached the Winnipeg Jets (1980-1981) and Toronto Maple Leafs (1989-1991).

9 – Bob McCammon (1987-1991)

Born in 1941 in Port Elgin, Ontario, McCammon played for the Boston Bruins (1963-1964). He also coached the Philadelphia Flyers (1978-1979, 1979-1981).

10 – Pat Quinn (1991-1996)

Quinn, born in 1943 in Hamilton, Ontario, played for the Toronto Maple Leafs (1968-1970), Vancouver Canucks (1970-1972), and Atlanta Flames (1972-1977). He also coached the Philadelphia Flyers (1978-1982), Los Angeles Kings (1984-1987), Toronto Maple Leafs (1998-2006), and Edmonton Oilers (2009-2010).

This list includes coaches up until the mid-1990s. A variety of talented coaches have led the Vancouver Canucks in subsequent years, each adding to the rich tapestry of the team’s history.

11 – Tom Renney (1996-1998)

Born in 1955 in Cranbrook, British Columbia. Renney never played in the NHL, but his coaching career is extensive, including stints with the New York Rangers (2003-2009) and the Edmonton Oilers (2010-2012).

12 – Mike Keenan (1997-1999)

Keenan hails from Bowmanville, Ontario, and was born in 1949. He didn’t play in the NHL, but his coaching credentials are vast. He led the Philadelphia Flyers (1984-1988), Chicago Blackhawks (1988-1992), New York Rangers (1993-1994), St. Louis Blues (1994-1996), Boston Bruins (2000-2001), Florida Panthers (2001-2004), and Calgary Flames (2007-2009).

13 – Marc Crawford (1999-2006)

Born in 1961 in Belleville, Ontario. Crawford played for the Vancouver Canucks (1981-1987). He also coached the Quebec Nordiques/Colorado Avalanche (1994-1998), Los Angeles Kings (2006-2008), Dallas Stars (2009-2011), and Ottawa Senators (2018-2019).

14 – Alain Vigneault (2006-2013)

Vigneault was born in 1961 in Quebec City, Quebec. He didn’t have an NHL playing career, but as a coach, he also led the Montreal Canadiens (1997-2000), New York Rangers (2013-2018), and Philadelphia Flyers (2019-2021).

15 – John Tortorella (2013-2014)

Born in 1958 in Boston, Massachusetts. Tortorella never played in the NHL but is a well-known coach. His coaching resume includes the Tampa Bay Lightning (2000-2008), New York Rangers (2008-2013), and Columbus Blue Jackets (2015-2021).

16 – Willie Desjardins (2014-2017)

Desjardins was born in 1957 in Climax, Saskatchewan. He didn’t play in the NHL, but he also coached the Los Angeles Kings (2017-2018).

17 – Travis Green (2017-2021)

Green hails from Castlegar, British Columbia, and was born in 1970. He played for the New York Islanders (1992-1998), Anaheim Ducks (1998-1999, 2005-2007), Phoenix Coyotes (1999-2000), Toronto Maple Leafs (2000-2003), and Boston Bruins (2003-2006).

18 – Bruce Boudreau (2021 -2023)

Born in 1955 in Toronto, Ontario. Boudreau played for the Toronto Maple Leafs (1976–1977, 1980–1981) and the Chicago Blackhawks (1985–1986). Outside of the Ducks, Boudreau coached the Washington Capitals (2007–2011) and the Minnesota Wild (2016–2019).

19 – Rick Tocchet (2023)

Born in 1964 in Scarborough, Ontario. Tocchet played for the Philadelphia Flyers (1984–1992, 1999–2000, 2000–2002), Pittsburgh Penguins (1992–1994, 1995–1997), Los Angeles Kings (1994–1995), Boston Bruins (1996), Washington Capitals (1997–1999), and Phoenix Coyotes (1997–2000). He also served as an assistant coach for the Colorado AvalanchePittsburgh Penguins, and Tampa Bay Lightning.

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