The Vancouver Canucks are gearing up for the 2023-24 season, and their training camp roster is buzzing with talent. In this article, we’ll delve into the key players, recent signings, training camp details, and coaching staff of the Canucks.
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Key Players in the 2023-24 Roster
The Vancouver Canucks training camp roster for 2023-24 boasts a formidable lineup, featuring some of the brightest talents in the NHL. Here are a few standout players to watch:
Elias Pettersson, a Swedish forward, is not only a core player for the Canucks but also an alternative captain. He earned recognition by winning the Calder Memorial Trophy as the league’s best rookie in 2019.
Quinn Hughes, a talented defenseman, was the 7th overall pick in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft. His impressive performance earned him a spot on the NHL All-Rookie Team and a selection to the NHL All-Star Game in 2020.
Thatcher Demko, a prominent goaltender for the Canucks, made his NHL debut in a victorious match against the Columbus Blue Jackets in 2018. On March 1, 2021, Demko recorded his first career regular-season shutout in a 4-0 victory over the Winnipeg Jets.
The Canucks have been active in the free-agent market and have secured some valuable additions to their roster. Here are the most recent signings:
- Pius Suter: Signed as a free agent for a two-year contract on August 11, 2023.
- Nils Hoglander: Re-signed for a two-year contract on July 9, 2023.
- Tristen Nielsen: Signed as a free agent for a one-year, entry-level contract on July 1, 2023.
- Zachary Sawchenko: Signed as a free agent for a one-year, two-way contract on July 1, 2023.
- Carson Soucy: Signed as a free agent for a three-year contract on July 1, 2023.
- Matt Irwin: Signed as a free agent for a one-year, two-way contract on July 1, 2023.
- Ian Cole: Signed as a free agent for a one-year contract on July 1, 2023.
- Teddy Blueger: Signed as a free agent for a one-year contract on July 1, 2023.
- Elias Pettersson: Signed a three-year, entry-level contract on April 19, 2023.
- Cole McWard: Signed as a free agent for a two-year, entry-level contract on April 4, 2023.
- Akito Hirose: Signed as a free agent for a one-year, entry-level contract on March 29, 2023.
- Aidan McDonough: Signed for a two-year, entry-level contract on March 13, 2023.
Complete roster of the Canucks for the 2023-24 season
|Arshdeep Bains||Left Winger|
|Anthony Beauvillier||Left Winger|
|Josh Bloom||Left Winger|
|Brock Boeser||Right Winger|
|Phillip Di Giuseppe||Left Winger|
|Conor Garland||Right Winger|
|Nils Hoglander||Left Winger|
|Danila Klimovich||Right Winger|
|Andrei Kuzmenko||Left Winger|
|Aidan McDonough||Left Winger|
|Ilya Mikheyev||Right Winger|
|Tanner Pearson||Left Winger|
|Vasily Podkolzin||Right Winger|
Training Camp Details
The Canucks’ training camp for the 2023-24 season is scheduled from September 21 to September 25, 2023. This five-day on-ice training session will prepare the team for the upcoming season.
Exciting news for fans: the Canucks have decided to hold open practices and offer various on-site activities. This provides an excellent opportunity for fans in Victoria to come together and celebrate the start of a new season.
Keep an eye on Canucks’ social media platforms for detailed information about public access to the training camp and the full schedule, which is yet to be announced. Interestingly, this year’s training session duration has been extended to five days, compared to the three-day development camp of the previous year.
Training Camp Location
The Canucks’ training camp for 2023 will be hosted in Victoria, British Columbia. Last year, the training camp took place in Whistler, BC. All training sessions will be conducted at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre in Victoria, home to the Victoria Royals of the WHL.
Jim Rutherford, President of Hockey Operations, expressed his excitement about returning to Vancouver Island for training camp, highlighting the team’s connection with loyal fans across the province. This move also allows the team to make the most of Victoria’s excellent facilities and beautiful surroundings to kickstart the new season.
Training Camp Tickets
Good news for fans again—just like last year, all the training sessions for 2023 are free and open to the public. While the team hasn’t disclosed ticket information yet, you can stay updated by following the club’s social media channels for announcements regarding tickets and public access.
The Vancouver Canucks’ coaching staff for the 2023-24 season includes:
|Rick Tocchet||Head Coach|
|Adam Foote||Assistant Coach|
|Mike Yeo||Assistant Coach|
|Ian Clark||Director of Goaltending and Head Goaltending Coach|
|Sergei Gonchar||Defensive Development Coach|
|Dylan Crawford||Video Coach|
|Yogi Svejkovsky||Skills Coach|
Rick Tocchet, the head coach, joined the Canucks in January 2023, replacing Bruce Boudreau. Prior to this, he had a successful coaching career with the Arizona Coyotes and the Pittsburgh Penguins, winning the Stanley Cup twice with the latter.
Adam Foote, an assistant coach, was appointed in January 2023. Mike Yeo, another assistant coach, brings his experience as a former head coach for the Minnesota Wild and St. Louis Blues.
Ian Clark, Director of Goaltending, and Sergei Gonchar, Defensive Development Coach, play crucial roles in developing the team’s talent.
General Manager and Leadership
Patrik Allvin, the 12th General Manager in Canucks history, has been in the role since January 26, 2022, replacing Jim Benning. His experience with the Pittsburgh Penguins, where he won three Stanley Cups, brings a winning mentality to the team.
Jim Rutherford, President of Hockey Operations, also joins the Canucks after a successful stint as GM for the Penguins. Stan Smyl, Vice-President of Hockey Operations, works closely with Rutherford on player personnel decisions and internal operations. Smyl, a former team captain, has been with the franchise since 2005.
As the Canucks prepare for their 54th season in the NHL, the excitement among fans is palpable. With a talented roster, new signings, and an experienced coaching staff, the team aims to make a significant impact in the upcoming season. Stay tuned for more updates on the Canucks’ journey in the 2023-24 NHL season!