Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Canucks Set to Hire Travis Green as Coach

The Vancouver Canucks are set to hire former NHLer Travis Green as their head coach.

Green, who scored 193 goals in 970 career games in the NHL, was the coach of the Utica Comets for the last four years. He guided Vancouver's AHL affiliate to the Calder Cup Final in 2015 and has a reputation for being effective with young players.

Green also guided the WHL's Portland Winterhawks to the Memorial Cup Final in 2013.

The Canucks have not made the news official yet, but have scheduled a press conference for early Wednesday morning.

There were some rumors that the Canucks had been trying to woo former Oilers coach Ralph Kreuger back to the NHL prior to the announcement that the team had selected Green. Kreuger got a lot of positive press after he guided Team North America to the World Cup of Hockey Final this September. He is currently the Chairman of Southampton of the English Premier League (soccer), and confirmed that he'd had conversations with the Canucks.

Green was reportedly in the mix for the Anaheim Ducks and Colorado Avalanche coaching vacancies last season.