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Canucks Add Doug Jarvis As Assistant Coach

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Jarvis has spent the past six seasons working with the Boston Bruins. I know, look shocked.

Not Mr. Potato Head. The other guy.
Not Mr. Potato Head. The other guy.
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From the mothership:

Vancouver Canucks General Manager Jim Benning announced today that Doug Jarvis has been named Assistant Coach. Jarvis joins Head Coach Willie Desjardins’ staff alongside Assistant Coaches, Doug Lidster and Perry Pearn, Goaltending Coach, Dan Cloutier, Skills Coach Glen Carnegie and Video Coach, Ben Cooper.


"Doug Jarvis is an accomplished coach with multiple Stanley Cup championships and NHL Finals experience," said Jim Benning. "He has a teaching mentality and draws from his knowledge as a former player and coach spanning almost 40 years. We are very pleased to have Doug and his family join our team."


Jarvis’s coaching career spans 26 years and follows a 13-year NHL playing career. The Brantford, Ontario native is a six-time Stanley Cup champion, winning four times as a player with Montreal and twice as an assistant coach with Dallas (1999) and Boston (2011). Jarvis still holds the NHL iron man record with 964 consecutive games played, never missing a game his entire NHL career. He recorded 403 career points (139-264-403) with Montreal, Washington and Hartford. Jarvis won the Selke Trophy as top defensive forward in 1984 and the Masterton Trophy for perseverance and dedication in 1987.


Following his playing career Jarvis was named an assistant coach with the Minnesota North Stars in 1989, where he worked 14 seasons and moved with the club to Dallas. In 2003 he assumed head coaching duties with Montreal’s AHL affiliate, the Hamilton Bulldogs and two years later was named associate coach with Montreal in 2005. In 2010 Jarvis joined Boston’s coaching staff where he’s spent the past six seasons.

Jarvis beat out a couple other notables and replaces Glen Gulutzan who left last month to coach the Calgary Flames. Considering Gulutzan helped manage the (cue laugh track here) special teams the past few seasons, expect some authority there in addition to the benefit of having another veteran hockey perspective on the bench to assist Desjardins with his young roster.

By the way, never missed a NHL game in his entire career? If nothing else let Jarvis teach that sort of luck to the club and he'll more than earn his keep. A guy can dream...