Chris Higgins joins the Vancouver Canucks in the role of player development

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The Vancouver Canucks have announced a series of changes to the hockey operations of the team and to the scouting of the personnel.

Among these, a former player Chris Higgins joins the organization as deputy director of player development, while another former player, Dan Cloutier, resigned after eight seasons as goalkeeper coach.

"We are pleased to welcome new hockey personnel to new staff and to recognize those who will take on greater roles and responsibilities," said Canucks general manager Jim Benning in a statement. "As part of this process, we have reconfigured the scouting tasks to improve the relationship structure of our amateur department. We believe these moves complete our hockey team and contribute to our team's overall success."

Higgins, 36, retired from hockey after playing 711 NHL games during a 12-year career in 2016, spending his last six seasons in the league with the Canucks. He was a member of the Canucks team who reached the 2011 Stanley Cup final.

The former Vancouver Giants coach and Abbotsford Heat Troy Ward, the former Guelph Storm GM assistant Phil Golding and the former European explorer of the Arizona Coyotes Martin Bakula joined the club as a scout amateurs, while Todd Harvey, Derek Richard, Patrik Jonsson, Vincent Montalbano and Brandon Benning also have new assignments with the amateur scouting staff.

Cloutier, 43, played 351 NHL games in 10 NHL seasons, including five with the Canucks. Has been with the organization since 2012.

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