Vancouver, B.C. — Vancouver Canucks General Manger Jim Benning announced today that the team has named Travis Green as Head Coach. Green becomes the 19th Head Coach in Canucks history after being promoted from his role as Head Coach of the club’s AHL affiliate, the Utica Comets.
“Travis is a talented Head Coach who’s played a key role in the development of our young players through four seasons with the Comets,” said Benning. “He has an intense desire to win and build a team identity that is hardworking, responsible on both ends of the ice and competitive. He has an excellent understanding of where we are as an organization and we’re confident in his ability to help build our team and develop a winning culture. We’re pleased to welcome Travis and his family and we are truly excited about the future.”
Green, 46, was named the first Head Coach in Comets history in 2013 and built a record of 155-110-39 in 304 games coached over four seasons. Last season he led the Comets to a 35-32-9 record (0.520%). In 2014.15, his second season, Green led the Comets to a 47-20-9 record (.678%), a North Division Championship and Calder Cup Final berth.
Prior to joining the Comets, Green was interim Head Coach of the Portland Winterhawks, where he led the team to a 37-8-2 record (0.809%), a WHL Championship title and a Memorial Cup Final berth in 2013. He began his coaching career with the Winterhawks as an Assistant Coach and Assistant General Manager in the 2009.10 season.
Green played 14 seasons in the NHL and a final professional season with EV Zug in Switzerland. He recorded 455 career points (193-262-455) and 764 penalty minutes in 970 career games with the New York Islanders, Anaheim Ducks, Phoenix Coyotes, Toronto Maple Leafs and Boston Bruins. In 56 career playoff games Green scored 21 points (10-11-21) and added 60 penalty minutes.
A native of Castlegar, British Columbia, Green was originally selected by the New York Islanders in the second round, 23rd overall, at the 1989 NHL Entry Draft.
Green and his wife Sheree have three children; sons Blake and Brody and daughter, Jordyn.