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Vancouver Canucks hire Trent Cull to coach Utica Comets

The Vancouver Canucks have announced that Trent Cull will be the head coach of the Utica Comets, team’s AHL affiliate, for the 2017-18 season. Cull will be replacing Travis Green, who was promoted to head coach of the Canucks after Willie Desjardins was fired at the end of the season.

Cull spent the past four seasons as an assistant coach of the Syracuse Crunch, the AHL affiliate of the Tampa Bay Lightning. Previously, Cull had been the head coach of the OHL’s Sudbury Wolves for three seasons.

Cull’s former boss in Syracuse, general manager Julien BriseBois, spoke highly of him upon his departure.

“Right away, I was hit by his leadership, by his demeanor, his self-confidence,” said. “His work ethic over the years has been incredible.”

“Trent is a passionate head coach with significant AHL experience,” said Vancouver Canucks general manager Jim Benning. “He understands the development path of a young player, including the challenges they face, and has been a part of many successful organizations. Trent is a teacher with a positive, energetic work ethic. We’re excited to welcome him and his family to our organization.”

  • Killer Marmot

    The fact that the Canucks just promoted their Utica coach to Vancouver must have made the search a little easier. It suggests to candidates that this could lead to a shot at the NHL.

  • El Kabong

    A little off my radar but most of the choices would have been. Hope he likes working with our young prospects, he should get a bunch of good ones over the next few years.

  • Elliot McKenzie

    Must admit I’d not heard of this guy and after reading up on him I am less than impressed. A career AHL player, assistant and coach. No trophies his whole career. What does this say about the ambition of our organisation? It’s not exactly AV or Mike Sullivan is it. Can’t understand this hire at all. Anyone?

    • Locust

      He was a pro so he knows the game. Star players often make poor coaches, many examples of mediocre playing talent equaling a good coach.
      Trophies? Not relevant.
      Ambition of the organization?????? The Canucks are not Coaching College.
      Geez….

    • KCasey

      Willie had trophies…unfortunately he doesnt have a job. This is where your trophies equals winners theory falls through. AHL is for developing players. Sure winning is nice there but if you develope well winning becomes a byproduct. Give him a year to prove his metal.

  • wojohowitz

    I like the guy. A fourth line AHL grinder who played well enough to keep his job for ten years followed by 15 years as a OHL / AHL coach and a NHL playing career that matches Don `Peaches` Cherry.

  • Elliot McKenzie

    I agree that successful players don’t always make great coaches but i also think when you are coaching young prospects in todays game that a proven player/coach with ‘some’ NHL or AHL credentials stands a better chance of getting respect and putting his message across to these impressionable young kids. Cull is basically an old-school goon/grinder who has done nothing in the game to inspire anyone to ‘win’ imo.

    For me this is a poor, uninspiring hire considering we are desperate for our numerous prospects in Utica to be properly nurtured and coached into helping the Comets and the Canucks become great contending teams again in their respective leagues, like AV did with both the Moose and Canucks. Surprised commenters here don’t seem have much ambition tbh.

    • DJ_44

      Surprised commenters here don’t seem have much ambition tbh.

      Most commenters have no interest in feeding the latest account of the same troll that’s been destroying interesting conversation and debate on CA. Take the hint, please.