The Vancouver Canucks signed goalkeeping coach Ian Clark, assistant coaches Nolan Baumgartner, Jason King and video coach Darryl Seward for contract extensions.
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In May, goalkeeper Thatcher Demko made clear his desire for Clark to return, as the goalkeeping coach has played an important role in his emergence as the team’s starting goalkeeper.
“Clarkie is amazing,” Demko said of her mentor at the time. “I mean, I probably owe almost everything to him. I don’t talk about him much in the media, but obviously I’m working, but the way he guided me and guided me, it’s been incredible. I really hope they can figure something out and that I come back. “
They will join the coaching staff Brad Shaw and Kyle Gustafson, while Newell Brown will not return after four seasons with the team. The team also announced that Chris Higgins will remain in his role as assistant director of player development after spending this season working as a skills and development coach.
“We are excited to welcome two new members to our coaching staff,” head coach Travis Green said in a statement. “Brad has a lot of coaching experience and a strong technical mind for the game. Kyle is a brilliant young coach who will help our team and strengthen our coaching staff. ”
“We recognize the hard work and sacrifice that each member of our coaching staff has shown over the past year and we thank them for their commitment,” Green continued. “We are pleased that they are re-signing and continuing the quality work they are doing. Finally, on behalf of our entire team, I want to thank Newell Brown for his commitment and dedication over the past four years. We wish Newell and his family the best and success in the future. “
Shaw joins the Canucks after spending the past five seasons with the Columbus Blue Jackets where he was in charge of defense in his time behind the bench. Gustafson spent the past 18 seasons with the WHL’s Portland Winterhawks serving as an assistant general manager and associate coach.