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Canucks dig into past, again, by hiring Lidster

Jul 7, 2014, 8:27 PM EDT

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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.

  1. geejon - Jul 7, 2014 at 9:47 PM

    Hey I remember him when I used to use the Canucks on Sega NHL ’94. Damn im getting old lol.

  2. blomfeld - Jul 7, 2014 at 10:24 PM

    ‘Stop us if you’ve heard this before’ … comrade sports journalist Halford

    HEY VANCOUVER, WHY NOT HIRE PEKING MAN EH ?

    Peking Man (Chinese: 北京猿人; pinyin: Běijīng Yuánrén), erectus pekinensis, is an example of humus erectus. A group of fossil specimens was discovered in 1923–27 during excavations at Zhoukoudian (Chou K’ou-tien) near Beijing (written “Peking” before the adoption of the Pinyin romanization system), China. More recently, the finds have been dated from roughly 750,000 years ago, and a new dating suggests they are in the range of 680,000–780,000 years old.

  3. dolphincult - Jul 8, 2014 at 1:00 AM

    you need a new schtick blomfeld. You have milked all you can out of the shatty videos

  4. 33to22 - Jul 8, 2014 at 1:25 AM

    Indeed. Perhaps it’s time he moves out of mother’s basement. Aren’t you tired of being a virgin, comrade blomfeld? What a maroon – Today, tomorrow, forever!

    Congrats to Mr. Lidster. G’luck!

  5. dohpey28 - Jul 8, 2014 at 10:17 AM

    He also won the cup as part of the Rangers team that beat the Canucks in the final. He and Alex Karpotsev (RIP) split time as the 6th defenseman.

  6. canada2014gold - Jul 9, 2014 at 1:02 AM

    My Canucks are heading to mediocrity, what happened???? Oh well, still should be fun seeing all the new faces this year.

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