Darryl Williams joins Canucks coaching staff
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08-14-2008, 06:42 PM
Join Date: Jul 2005
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I'm sure something will come out in the papers on him closer to when the season starts.
Nothing particularly interesting, but a couple quotes from the papers today:
Vigneault said he first met Williams at the NHL draft in late June and subsequently talked with him on a couple of other occasions before recommending him to general manager Mike Gillis.
"I got some great feedback from [Manitoba coach] Scott Arniel, who knows him quite well," Vigneault said. "And Bones also knows him. I had a good feel for what Darryl could bring to our staff."
While video will be one of his main responsibilities, Williams will be on the ice during practices and he'll serve as an 'eye-in-the-sky' from the press box on game nights.
Williams will take on the video analyst responsibilities previously handled by Smith, which means he'll spend most games spotting for the bench coaches in the press box.
Vigneault said he first spoke with Williams about the position at the NHL draft in Ottawa in June.
"He was a tough guy, a real team guy and that's what what we were looking for," said Vigneault, who says he talked to "five or six applicants about the position.
"I like the fact he's got some playing experience in the minors, a guy who's paid his dues as a player trying to make it. And he's definitely paid his dues as a coach. I like that he's been around and gone the extra mile to try and reach his dream. I also got some really good references from guys like [Manitoba Moose head coach] Scott Arniel [Detroit Red Wings head coach] Mike Babcock."
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