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Canucks Hire Darryl Seward as Video Coach

When the Canucks announced their coaching staff for the 2017-18 season, Ben Cooper was thought to assume his role as the team’s video coach. On June 27th, it was reported that Cooper and the organization parted ways on a mutual decision. As the decision occurred after the coaching staff has been set, it was definitely an eyebrow-raising move. After bringing up Travis Green from the AHL, the Canucks have, once again, looked to the minors to fill the void left by Cooper.

It was announced today that the organization has hired Darryl Seward as the team’s new Video Coach. Having previously worked for the AHL’s Cleveland Monsters in the same capacity, Seward is taking the next step to the big league.

Travis Green on Seward:“Darryl has a passion for the game and brings experience to the role. We are excited to welcome Darryl to our staff and to the organization.”

Seward was an assistant coach with the QMJHL’s Moncton Wildcats for four years prior to moving up to the AHL He’s spent the next four seasons as a video coach in the AHL, and he was part of the Lake Erie Monsters during their 2016 Calder Cup championship.

Not much is known about Seward apart from the fact that he’s certainly worked his way up to the NHL. He comes into the Canucks organization as part of a relatively inexperienced coaching staff. Joining the likes of Travis Green, Nolan Baumgartner, and Manny Malhotra, the group will be mentored by coaching veterans in Newell Brown and Doug Jarvis.

    • Break The Canuck's Curse

      Something Roger Neilson invented:

      Via wiki:

      “Neilson dedicated his entire life to coaching and to hockey and affected the careers of thousands. He had no family and would stay up late into the night watching video and analysing games.

      Among his most well-known innovations was the use of videotape to analyze other teams, leading to the nickname “Captain Video”. He was also the first to use microphone headsets to communicate with his assistant coaches.”

      • Break The Canuck's Curse

        I’m looking at Neilson’s coaching legacy on wikipedia. This is hilarious:

        “In situations where the face off was in the opposition’s end and there were perhaps 3 or less seconds to go in the 1st and/or 2nd period, Neilson would pull his goalie for an extra attacker for a potential shot on net off the ensuing face-off. His reasoning was that if the other team gained possession of the puck, it would be virtually impossible for the opposition to score from their end in the mere seconds that were left. No other coach would consider this radical move and was indicative of his innovative thinking.

        Neilson was well known for closely reading the rule book looking to exploit loopholes. During one particular game in his first season coaching the Petes, he was down two men in a five on three situation for the last minute of the game. Realizing that more penalties could not be served under the existing rules, Neilson put too many men on the ice every ten seconds. The referees stopped the play and a faceoff was held relieving pressure on the defence. In addition, Neilson also took advantage of fans throwing objects onto the ice to deliberately cause stoppages of play late in a game. After these displays, the rules were changed so that a call for too many men on the ice in a 5-on-3 situation, or a delay-of-game penalty in a 5-on-3 situation, or any deliberate act to stop play (i.e., objects thrown on the ice, or the net being intentionally dislodged), in the last two minutes of regulation or in overtime now results in a penalty shot.

        Neilson also discovered that if he put a defenceman in net instead of a goalie during a penalty shot, the defenceman could rush the attacker and cut down the latter’s angle of shot, greatly reducing the chances of a goal. In 1968, he used this information in an OHL game between Neilson’s Peterborough Petes and the opposing Toronto Marlboros. Neilson replaced Petes goaltender Pete Kostek with defenseman Ron Stackhouse. Stackhouse successfully blocked Frank Hamill’s penalty shot attempt by charging out as soon as Hamill crossed the blue line.[1][2] Today the rules states that a team must use a goalie in net for a penalty shot and that the goalie cannot leave the crease until the skater has touched the puck.

        One game during a time-out, Neilson told his goaltender, “…when we pull you, just leave your goal stick lying in the crease.” When the other team gained possession, they sent the puck the length of the ice toward the open net, only to deflect wide when it hit the goal stick lying in the crease. The rule was changed the next season so that a goal would be awarded in such a situation.

        Neilson also broke the rules, in a sense, when he didn’t like what was happening on the ice. As the Canucks coach during Game 2 of the 1982 Campbell Conference final playoff game against the Chicago Blackhawks, he felt his team was unfairly penalized on several occasions during the third period. He took a trainer’s white towel and held it on a hockey stick, as if to wave a white flag. Three other Canucks players did the same thing, and all were ejected from the game. By doing this, Neilson inadvertently started an NHL tradition. Canucks fans waved white towels by the thousands at the next game, a playoff tradition that continues to this day and that is widely copied by other hockey teams.”


      • Killer Marmot

        I’m interested in whether the video coach serves mostly a technical role of ensuring that videos are available for the other coaches (edited to remove extraneous crap), or whether he carries out his own analysis, and what the nature of that analysis might be.

        • Break The Canuck's Curse

          I’m thinking the NHL probably hands out the game tapes and the video coach deals with both the team’s and opposition’s weaknesses that are boiled down for the film meeting for the coach and players

  • Fred-65

    I believe today with tablets on the bench flaws, tendencies and for instance face off’s are sent down immediatley to the playes and coach on the bench. The claim was that a replay of a shift could be viewed on the bench within 20 secs It’s an integral part of the game today


    What is the point of this garbage story. There are prospect games and media interviews going on and this is all you lot can come up with in like three days?
    CA is starting to make Leafs nation look good!