The Vancouver Canucks have hired former player Ryan Johnson as a Player Development Consultant.
The team said in a release that Johnson “will work directly with Canucks prospects focusing specifically on forwards in the system.”
Johnson, 37, spent two seasons as a Canuck between 2008 and 2010 and was probably best known for his faceoff prowess and shotblocking ability.
Under his role as player development consultant, he will presumably work with the forwards on faceoffs and shotblocking technique.
The Canucks utilized centre Manny Malhotra as a ‘faceoff consultant’ last season after they put him on injured reserve for the season.
They were offered a Malhotra a job in the organization this offseason, but he was not ready to retire and opted to continue his hockey career with the Charlotte Checkers of the American Hockey League.
Johnson will go down in Canucks history as the second-last player to wear the number 10—the last being Jeff Tambellini. He will also be remembered for his role in the Alexandre Burrows Game 7 overtime goal against the Chicago Blackhawks in 2011.
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