The Vancouver Canucks announced today that Dan Cloutier has been named the team’s goaltending coach.
The Canucks also confirmed that their outgoing goalie coach, Roland Melanson, will remain with the club in a development capacity. In his new role, Melanson will work with the organization’s prospects, a group that includes highly touted Thatcher Demko.
“Our team and goaltenders have benefited from some of the best coaching in the league and we’re very grateful to continue that tradition with Dan and Rollie in their new roles,” said GM Jim Benning in a release. “Dan has been instrumental in the development of our goaltending prospects over the past four seasons and will now work with our NHL team on a daily basis in his new role.
“We are also very pleased to have Rollie continue to work closely with our talented, young goaltending prospects. His hard work over the past six years contributed significantly to our franchise having some of the best goaltenders in the NHL. With both Dan and Rollie, we’re confident our goaltending will continue to be a position of strength for the future.”
Cloutier, of course, tended goal for the Canucks during the West Coast Express years. Though things did not always go well when he was a player…
…as a a coach, he’s been credited, along with Melanson, for the resurgence of Jacob Markstrom, who went from clearing waivers at the beginning of the 2014-15 season to starring in the AHL to pushing Ryan Miller for the starting role in Vancouver.