The new faces in the staff of the Vancouver Canucks joining the mix continues as the team added another assistant coach to their ranks early this week, bringing on Perry Pearn as an assistant coach to work behind new head coach Willie Desjardins.
Pearn’s hiring was announced on Monday and the veteran of the coaching ranks will bring former experience as an NHL assistant coach as well as international coaching experience as the head coach of the Canadian World Junior team in 1993 where he lead Team Canada to Gold.
Pearn spent the last two seasons with the Winnipeg Jets, where he got his start as an assistant during the original inception of the Jets in the 90’s. The Albertan has also made stops in Ottawa, New York and Montreal before now becoming the newest assistant of the Canucks.
General manager Jim Benning had this to say in a statement on Monday:
“We are very excited to name Perry to our staff today.” “Perry brings a wealth of experience and knowledge at the NHL level to our organization.”
With Pearn’s hiring the Canucks seem set with assistants for now as Doug Lidster and Glen Gulutzan already in place behind the bench alongside new head coach Willie Desjardins. Getting close to the beginning of team preparations for the 2014 NHL season it would be a shock if the Canucks made a move to bring in any more assistants now that three quality ones are officially in place, particularly Hearn who has an extensive resume in the game despite never having a head coaching job.
Quotes from the Canadian Press.