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‘Jim has hockey in his blood': Canucks officially announce Benning as new GM

May 21, 2014, 11:06 PM EDT

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The worst kept secret in Vancouver and the hockey world is no longer a secret.

The Canucks made it official Wednesday evening, announcing Jim Benning as the team’s new general manager during an event for season ticket holders. Benning, who comes to Vancouver after spending the last seven years as the Boston Bruins assistant general manager, becomes the 11th GM in Canucks franchise history.

Earlier in the day, it was reported by TSN’s Darren Dreger that Benning and the Canucks had signed a multi-year deal. For weeks, Benning was mentioned as the frontrunner for the job, which became available when the Canucks fired Mike Gillis in April.

“Jim has hockey in his blood and brings outstanding vision, a proven track record in player evaluation, and a passion for team-building to our organization,” Linden wrote to in an email to Canucks’ season ticket holders.

“Jim and I share the same fundamental beliefs about the game and are aligned on how we want to build this team. He’s also a returning member of the Canucks family who proudly wore our sweater for four seasons. He knows our city, our team and our fans.”

Benning will officially be introduced to fans and the media on Friday, beginning at 11:15 a.m. PT.

  1. canucks30 - May 21, 2014 at 11:11 PM

    Welcome to Vancouver.

    Now end the Canucks Stanley Cup drought.

    • kaptaanamerica - May 22, 2014 at 9:15 AM

      I hope Benning is able to build up a team to shut up all the haters… hope Sedins move to the second line. At a minimum Daniel belongs on the second line…

  2. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - May 21, 2014 at 11:22 PM

    Ahhh, hockey in his blood. Perhaps he was the one on the receiving end of Happy Gilmore’s record-setting skate stabbing.

  3. muckleflugga - May 21, 2014 at 11:33 PM

    canucks30

    benning has hockey in his blood, but not of the line of david [ tricky regardless given the immaculate conception ] so yeah, that’s a big ask

    no, what canucks need is some long haired bearded cat to come strolling across english bay, wearing jc water walkers and with time-weathered copy of the georgia straight in hand … to free and feed canucks and their multitudes, suffering as they are under forty four years of drought and famine

    is benning the new messiah … time will tell but if canucks are still playing next easter …?

    • r8rbhawk - May 22, 2014 at 12:02 AM

      dang muckle, I usually don’t take the time to read your long-winded posts, I figured I’d give this one a shot since it was shorter, well, this one was worth it.

    • storminator16 - May 22, 2014 at 11:10 AM

      At least I could comprehend what you are saying this time…

  4. terrier92 - May 22, 2014 at 5:24 AM

    Good signing. Did a great job with Bruins. Time to put his SC ring in storage however won’t be able to wear that in Vancouver lol

  5. patshal - May 22, 2014 at 7:41 AM

    The only reason they want him is because he is the only one they can get from the bruins organization. They’re jealous that they lost to us in the Stanley cup final in 2011

  6. jpat2424 - May 22, 2014 at 9:38 AM

    Never ever gonna win a cup. Never

    • imleftcoast - May 22, 2014 at 9:44 AM

      Your mom have any kids that lived?

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