The Vancouver Canucks have signed general manager Jim Benning to a multi-year extension. Benning is the 11th GM in Canucks history and has held the position since May of 2014.
“I’m grateful to the Aquilini family and to Trevor Linden for the commitment they’ve made to me and for their confidence in our long-term vision for the Vancouver Canucks,” Benning said in a team release.
“I’m excited about the direction of our team and the depth and talent we continue to build. I believe we are on the right track and I am pleased to continue the work we started four years ago when we set out to build a championship team.”
Travis Green, who is in his first season as Vancouver’s coach, said he and Benning are on the same page when it comes to player development.
“Jim and I have the same vision, the same ideas on how we need to get places and where we need to go,” said Green. “I think [his signing] is a great move by the organization.”
Benning, an Edmonton native, spent seven seasons as the Boston Bruins assistant GM, earning a Stanley Cup ring in 2011. He also held a 12-year tenure with the Buffalo Sabres as Director of Amateur Scouting and played nine seasons in the NHL as a defenceman for the Toronto Maple Leafs and Vancouver Canucks.