Breaking: Canucks hire former player as an assistant coach

One of the heroes from the Canucks' 2011 Stanley Cup run is back on the Canucks bench

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The Vancouver Canucks have announced that former player Manny Malhotra has joined the team as an assistant coach. The veteran of 991 career NHL games spent three years on the Canucks from 2010-2013, before suffering an eye injury that set his career back.

Joining Malhotra behind the Canucks bench in 2017-18 will be head coach Travis Green and fellow assistant coaches Doug Jarvis, Newell Brown and another former Canuck, Nolan Baumgartner. 

Malhotra was a member of the team in 2016-17 as a development coach and, as lately as last month, was uncertain what his future would be with the team. Today’s news however, puts to rest any rumors that he’d be moving on. Brown, of course, was behind the Canucks bench during Malholtra’s glory days with the Canucks as an assistant to head coach Alain Vigneault, while Baumgartner has spent several seasons as Travis Green’s assistant with the Utica Comets. Jarvis, the lone holdover from Willie Desjardins staff, rounds out the team’s coaching staff for 2017-18.