Canucks' Vigneault gets contract extension
Vancouver, BC (Sports Network) - Vancouver Canucks head coach Alain Vigneault has agreed to terms on a contract extension.
The announcement was made Wednesday and comes after Vigneault, 51, guided the Canucks to consecutive seasons with the NHL's best record and the Stanley Cup Finals in 2011.
He has spent the past six seasons behind Vancouver's bench. His current deal was set to expire at the conclusion of the 2012-13 season.
"Alain has established himself as one of the premiere coaches in the National Hockey League," said Canucks president and general manager Mike Gillis. "He has demonstrated a commitment to winning that has led to back-to-back Presidents' Trophies and we are confident his dedication and hard work will continue to yield positive results.
"Alain has built a foundation of winning with this franchise and I feel he can continue to build on that foundation to achieve our ultimate goal."
The Canucks posted a record of 51-22-9 for 111 points this past season, but lost to the eighth-seeded Los Angeles Kings in the first round of the Western Conference playoffs.
Vancouver has gone 287-155-50 with Vigneault at the helm and his .634 winning percentage is the best by a coach in team history. He surpassed Marc Crawford as the winningest coach in franchise history this past season.
"I am pleased to be signing this extension to continue as the head coach of such an outstanding organization," said Vigneault. "I look forward to taking the next step with this franchise in bringing the Stanley Cup to Vancouver. I feel fortunate to be able to work with such a dedicated group of management, coaches and players in this great city I love."
Vigneault previously served as head coach of the Montreal Canadiens from 1997 through November 2000. He compiled a record of 109-118-35-4 before being replaced 20 games into the 2000-01 campaign.
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