Willie Desjardins, former Texas Stars head coach, was hired around 11:00 AM CST by the Vancouver Canucks for their head coach gig.
Desjardins, 57, spent his last two seasons with the Texas Stars, the Dallas Stars’ AHL affiliate, and had a tremendous tenure, going 91-40-21 through 2 seasons and 2 playoffs. He was named AHL coach of the year in his first season with Texas back in the 2012-2013 season, and ended his 2013-2014 season by leading the Texas Stars to their first ever Calder Cup Championship.
Desjardins does have NHL experience, being an associate coach for the Dallas Stars during the 2010-2011 and 2011-2012 seasons before moving down for the head coaching gig in Austin. He has also coached for multiple seasons in the WHL and is definitely a total proven and qualified coach.
Desjardins will be replacing former Canucks coach John Tortorella, who was fired on May 1st after one season with the Canucks and is currently searching for a new coaching job after spending multiple years prior to this past year with the New York Rangers. Desjardins will become the 18th coach in Canuck’s franchise history and is looking to carry an elite group of talent back to their playoff berth status.
Desjardins was also being scouted by multiple other NHL teams, and had a bit of a trial to deal with in choosing his future, but ended up choosing a team looking at making a race back to their former position at the top of the league. Vancouver also traded their star goalie at the deadline this past year and has many questions in the coming offseason, starting with the netminder, in which Desjardins is ready to answer as a new NHL head coach.
The Texas Stars will now be forced to search for a new head coach to lead their championship-defending squad. With their team definitely on the rise, finding a new bench manager should not be any trouble.
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