Canucks hire King as assistant coach, promote Higgins to skills coach

Chris Higgins (Alex Gallardo/AP)

The Vancouver Canucks have hired Jason King to become their new assistant coach and Chris Higgins as the team's new skills and development coach.

King spent the past five seasons as an assistant coach with the Utica Comets while Chris Higgins was the team's assistant director of player development. Former skills coach Glenn Carnegie will be leaving the team to pursue new opportunities after 12 seasons in Vancouver.

“We’re excited to add Jason King and Chris Higgins to our coaching staff,” head coach Travis Green said in a statement. “Jason is a bright, young coach with an eye for the technical aspects of the game. He enjoyed a long playing career, and with his coaching experience in Utica, showed an ability to guide young and veteran players alike.”

“Chris brings a wealth of NHL experience as a player, great knowledge of the game and a strong work ethic. He’ll support the skill and development of our players and expanded roster while working alongside our team and coaching staff day-to-day.”

King comes in as a replacement for Manny Malhotra, who left the team to join the Toronto Maple Leafs' coaching staff. He was formerly a draft pick by the Canucks back in 2001.

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