From the mothership:
Vancouver Canucks President, Hockey Operations Trevor Linden confirmed tonight that Jim Benning has been named General Manager of the Vancouver Canucks. Linden personally delivered the news to over 200 ticket members attending a Canucks’ Town Hall Meeting in Coquitlam.
Video of the Town Hall announcement is available at the conclusion of tonight’s event (8:30 PM approximately) on canucks.com. Benning will be introduced to Season Ticket Members and fans on Friday, May 23 during a live webcast on Canucks.com at 11:15 AM. He’ll meet the media immediately after at 12:00 noon.
"Jim brings a wealth of hockey experience as a builder and talent evaluator that will benefit this team for years to come," said Trevor Linden, President, Hockey Operations, Canucks Sports & Entertainment. "We are aligned on how we want to build this team and Jim’s level of commitment to building a championship team is exciting. I look forward to re-introducing him to Vancouver on Friday."
Benning, 51, becomes the 11th General Manager in club history. He joins Vancouver after serving in the capacity of the Boston Bruins Assistant General Manager for the past seven years. In that role he acted as an advisor to General Manager Peter Chiarelli on all matters pertaining to player evaluation, trades and free agent signings, in addition to assisting the General Manager in overseeing all individuals in their specific duties for the Bruins. Benning initially joined the Bruins as Director of Player Personnel in 2006.
The Canucks published a piece from Derek Jory at the time of the announcement that is worth a read too:
Benning’s NHL resume speaks for itself, from his work in helping assemble the 2011 Stanley Cup champion Bruins, including drafting Milan Lucic, Brad Marchand, Tyler Seguin and Dougie Hamilton, to his 10-year success as scout and director of amateur scouting in Buffalo, during which time the Sabres selected Ryan Miller, Jason Pominville and Thomas Vanek, among others. All in all, as a member of the Sabres and Bruins, Benning had a combined 47 of 109 players drafted play in the NHL, an impressive success rate of 43 per cent.
His experience in nearly every avenue of the game and breadth of hockey knowledge overall gave Benning precisely the track record Linden was looking for.
"Jim is an extremely hard worker, he recognizes how much commitment it takes to build a championship team," said Linden. "He’s a guy that doesn’t have an ego, I think he’s looking forward to rolling up his sleeves and getting to work, and he’s a very down to earth dedicated person, so he’s going to fit great in the structure with the organizational values that we want to create here. I’m looking forward to working with him."
The work begins immediately for Linden and Benning, who have an interesting summer ahead of them as they reshape the Canucks.
Linden hasn’t shied away from saying the Canucks will be a playoff team next season, but the immediate focus isn’t on the team as a whole, it’s on making the most of the sixth overall pick in the 2014 NHL Draft and hiring a head coach that aligns with Linden and Benning, and the rest of the staff, on what they view is a Canuck and how this organization is going to play.
A bit more from #16 himself:
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