On September 3 of this year, Dave Gagner, who WAS the Canucks' Director Of Player Development since 2008, resigned from his position to do the same job for the Orr Hockey Group player agency. Gagner was replaced today by Canucks legend Stan Smyl, who is also Senior Advisor to Mike Gillis. Smyl, much like Trevor Linden, was the heart and soul of the Canucks for many years and served as captain for 8 years. He played with the Canucks from 1978 - 1991. After retiring, he was assistant coach with the Canucks, coached their old AHL affiliate team (Syracuse Crunch and Manitoba Moose) as well as their IHL affiliate the Kansas City Blades.
After he moved on from those jobs he went back into the Canucks office and was Director of Player Development in 2004. He did that job until Mike Gillis created a new job called "Director of Collegiate Scouting" in 2008. Within a year he was promoted to Senior Advisor to Mike Gillis, still overseeing collegiate scouting in that role. (Hello Chris Tanev!)
Smyl is a Canuck for life it seems. How sweet is that?
Mike Gillis issued a press release today saying:
"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. Stan embodies hard work and has shown an unwavering commitment to excellence.
"We look forward to having him instil these qualities in our prospects as they develop on and off the ice."
(Info from Smyl's Wiki page).
If you don't know much about Smyl, check this out:
Given John Tortorella's style of coaching and expectations it's almost a no-brainer to put the Steamer back as Director of Player Development. As I said earlier, Smyl was one of, if the THE most hard-working Canucks player of all time.