Canucks hire Swede Patrik Allvin as general manager


Jim Rutherford says big decisions are looming for the Vancouver Canucks, but the team’s president of hockey operations has crossed off a big task from his to-do list — he’s hired Patrick Allvin as general manager.

Allvin became the 12th general manager in franchise history on Wednesday. He had been assistant general manager of the Pittsburgh Penguins since November 2020.

“Obviously it’s a great honor for me to take this opportunity,” Allvin said in a video call. “I am extremely excited, honored and proud to be part of the Vancouver Canucks in the future.”

Allvin, 47, had been with the Penguins for 16 seasons and was director of amateur scouting before being promoted. He is the first Swede to become general manager of the NHL.

The move to Vancouver reunites Allvin with Rutherford, who served as Pittsburgh’s general manager from 2014-21 and helped lead the team to back-to-back Stanley Cups in 2016-17. Allvin briefly served as interim general manager last season after Rutherford resigned.

“I’ve known Patrik for a long time and how he works and he was a legitimate candidate,” said Rutherford, who was named Canucks president in early December after the club fired coach Travis Green, general manager Jim Benning and several other front office staff after a dismal start to the season.

Allvin spent nine years playing professionally in North America and Europe before getting into scouting with the Montreal Canadiens in 2002. He said his experience as a scout taught him to be open-minded because players and the game are constantly changing.

“I think to be successful you have to be able to find players outside of the first round of the NHL Draft,” he said. “You need to complete the organization with college and European free agents and that’s something I’m looking forward to.”

The Canucks also need to work on player development, Allvin said.

“I think that’s the key to today’s game. I think that’s something we want to emphasize here to be successful,” he said.

Rutherford also hired former player agent Émilie Castonguay on Monday. She is the franchise’s first female assistant general manager.

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