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Former captain Stan Smyl is Canucks’ new Director of Player Development

Oct 10, 2013, 6:47 PM EDT

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Stan Smyl decades of service to the Vancouver Canucks has taken another turn with the former team captain being selected to serve as the franchise’s new Director of Player Development.

Smyl was drafted by Vancouver in 1978 and spent his entire 896-game NHL career with the squad. After he ended his career, he joined the team as an assistant coach before eventually becoming a bench boss in the minors. He later shifted to Vancouver’s front office and has held his latest position before.

More recently he’s been serving as a senior advisor to GM Mike Gillis and he will retain that role in addition to his new duties.

“We are thrilled to expand his role to have him work closely with our prospects,” said Gillis. “Stan embodies hard work and has shown an unwavering commitment to excellence. We look forward to having him instill these qualities in our prospects as they develop on and off the ice.”

Smyl still ranks fourth on the Canucks’ franchise list with 262 goals and fifth with 673 points.

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