Chris Higgins re-joins Canucks’ front office, Dan Cloutier resigns

Chris Higgins (Alex Gallardo/AP)

The Vancouver Canucks announced additions, changes and one departure to the team’s hockey operations and amateur scouting staff on Wednesday.

Two Canucks alumni are involved in the shakeup, as former forward Chris Higgins re-joins Vancouver as assistant director of player development and Dan Cloutier resigned as goaltending coach and director of goaltending after eight seasons in those roles.

“We’re pleased to welcome new personnel to our Hockey Operations staff and acknowledge those who will take on greater roles and responsibilities,” Canucks general manager Jim Benning said in a team statement. “As part of this process, we’ve reconfigured scouting assignments to improve the reporting structure of our amateur department. We believe these moves complement our hockey operations group and will contribute to the overall success of our team.”

A replacement for Cloutier’s roles was not announced.

Todd Harvey and Derek Richard, who joined the Canucks in 2017, take on new roles as amateur scouts, while Troy Ward, Phil Golding and Martin Bakula join the team in the same capacity. Ryan Biech also joins the team, as a video analyst in hockey analytics.

Patrik Jonsson, Vincent Montalbano and Brandon Benning take on new assignments among the amateur scouting staff, while Pat Conacher moves to the amateur staff after five seasons as director, hockey operations with the AHL’s Utica Comets.

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