The Vancouver Canucks have added director of player development to Stan Smyl’s portfolio.
Smyl replaces the departed Dave Gagner, who left the Canucks organization in September to join the Orr Hockey Group in the same capacity.
“Stan has been a cornerstone of our franchise as a player, coach and member of our management team for over 30 years. We are thrilled to expand his role to have him work closely with our prospects,” Canucks general manager Mike Gillis said in a release.
“Stan embodies hard work and has shown an unwavering commitment to excellence. We look forward to having him instill these qualities in our prospects as they develop on and off the ice.”
It is not the first time Smyl has served as the director of player development. He held that position from 2004 to 2008, but was removed when Gillis took over as general manager.
For the past five years, Smyl has been the team’s director of collegiate scouting and the Senior Advisor to the General Manager. He will continue to perform these duties as the new director of player development.
Smyl will continue serving in the capacity of Senior Advisor to the General Manager. In that role, he works closely with Gillis on a number of initiatives in the Hockey Operations Department, as well as encompassing scouting responsibilities and evaluating the collegiate game in North America.
In his new role with the Canucks, Smyl will be responsible for working with the club’s drafted and young players to assist them with their continued growth as professionals.