The Vancouver Canucks named Pat Conacher as the Director of Hockey Operations of the Utica Comets earlier this week, but what is his role with the organization?
Canucks assistant general manager and Vice President of Hockey Operations Laurence Gilman explained Conacher’s role to the Vancouver Sun earlier this week:
“Pat will be our representative in Utica and will serve as a conduit between our hockey club and Utica on a daily basis,” said Canucks assistant general manager Laurence Gilman. “He will be responsible for handling the day to day affairs of the team and in addition he will be responsible for the procurement of players down the pipeline in the sense that the team in Utica is susceptible to losing players due to illness and injury that occur on two different teams.
“It was important for us to have someone in that role who will be responsible for procurement of players from the leagues that feed the AHL, whether that be the ECHL, the CHL, or any other league.”
It sounds like Conacher will be responsible for the general manager duties.
In years past, Canucks assistant general manager Lorne Henning as the Vice President Player Personnel acted as a liason between the minor league teams and the Canucks. He regularly communicated with Chicago Wolves general manager Wendell Young and Manitoba Moose general manager Craig Heisinger when they were the Canucks minor league affiliates.