Canucks hire Rachel Doerrie in front office analytics role

The Vancouver Canucks have added a new face to their front office team.

On Thursday afternoon, the team announced the hiring of Rachel Doerrie, who will be taking on a hockey analytics role within the organization.

The Scarborough, Ontario native, who first shared the exciting news through her personal Twitter account, will be working in the hockey analytics department alongside Aiden Fox, Ryan Biech and Miles Hoaken.

After graduating from Laurentian University with a commerce degree in Sports Administration, Doerrie landed a job at The Athletic, primarily covering player/prospect video analysis. Shortly after, she served as an Analytics Advisor for Nipissing University, where she assisted in video preparation, as well as maintained statistical databases for the team.

Doerrie also co-hosted “The Staff & Graff Podcast” from March 2019 to now, a role that allowed her to further break down and discuss specific hockey statistics and analytics to a wider audience base. Doerrie used the platform to announce her new gig with the Canucks.

“I’m thrilled, I’m over the moon. I don’t really think it’s sunk in yet that I’m joining the Canucks, and everything that they are becoming.”

Doerrie also went on to speak highly about her new co-workers and work quarters, specifically making note of the “welcoming environment that’s so collaborative and where everyone is just kind of pulling on the same rope”, which was likely a key selling factor for her.

Fortunately for the organization, this also isn’t the first time that Doerrie has worked in an NHL front office.

Doerrie served as one of the Player Information and Video analysts for the New Jersey Devils from December 2017 to April 2019, a position she first took on when she was just 21 years old. Prior to joining the Devils, Doerrie also served as a Hockey Operations video coach for the Sudbury Wolves between September 2015 and March 2017.

The 25-year-old also had a brief stint with Hockey Canada, serving as their video coach for two months in the summer of 2017, in addition to taking on the role as Director of Advanced Performance at York University for the past three seasons.

Doerrie is currently wrapping up her Master’s degree in Sports Science and Analytics at York University.

There’s no doubt that Doerrie will be a welcome and much-needed addition to General Manager Jim Rutherford’s current front office team, and it already appears that she’s ready and determined to help turn this team around.

“I was not just going to accept any hockey job… I chose Vancouver because I think that the direction that the franchise is going is off-the-charts fantastic and I’m so excited to be a part of it.”

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