Jul 7, 2014, 8:27 PM EDT
Stop us if you’ve heard this before, but an ex-Canuck is coming back to Vancouver.
This time, it’s Doug Lidster — the former defenseman-turned-coach has been hired to work under new bench boss Willie Desjardins next season, the Canucks announced on Monday.
Lidster, 52, has ties not just to the organization but Desjardins as well. They won a Calder Cup together last season in AHL Texas, where Lidster served as Desjardins’ assistant for each of the last two years. Prior to that, Lidster coached the Canadian Women’s team, OHL Saginaw and served as an assistant with WHL Medicine Hat, where he first worked under Desjardins (during the 2002-03 campaign).
In a summer where the Canucks brought back former captain Trevor Linden as president of hockey ops and ex-defenseman Jim Benning as GM, the Lidster hire makes sense. He spent 10 seasons with Vancouver during the 80s and early 90s, actually playing on the same ’89-90 team as both Linden and Benning.
Lidster will now join video coach Darryl Williams, goalie coach Rollie Melanson and fellow assistant Glen Gulutzan on Desjardins’ staff — the trio were holdovers from the John Tortorella regime.
- Report: Hawks feel Kane ‘disrespected’ team, have received trade calls 82
- Hawks’ biggest question: What happens with Patrick Kane? 75
- Hall of Famer Al Arbour passes away 22
- Poll: Who will be San Jose’s next captain? 24
- Mike Richards charged with possession of controlled substance 95
- Gio won’t go: Flames extend Giordano for six years, $40.5M 13
- Pens’ plan for now: Crosby starts as Kessel’s center 25
- O, Dear: Russia fined $85K for skipping Canadian anthem 31
- Kings ink Ehrhoff to a one-year, $1.5 million deal 27
- Quebec City, Vegas advance to final phase of NHL expansion process 50
- Report: Hawks feel Kane ‘disrespected’ team, have received trade calls (98)
- Mike Richards charged with possession of controlled substance (95)
- Hawks’ biggest question: What happens with Patrick Kane? (77)
- Lucic jokes about running through Rask ‘like I did (to) another goalie’ (40)
- Poll: Will Kessel score 40? (38)