Vancouver Canucks appoint Hall of Fame assistant general manager Cammi Granato


VANCOUVER — Cammi Granato has been watching the Vancouver Canucks for years.

VANCOUVER — Cammi Granato has been watching the Vancouver Canucks for years.

As a professional scout for the Seattle Kraken – the first female scout in NHL history – she spent a lot of time in the press box at Vancouver’s Rogers Arena, scouting for talent for the new team. league.

Now she will look with a new view. The Canucks named Granato assistant general manager on Thursday.

“I’m very, very excited to take on this role,” she said in a video call Thursday.

Granato captained the United States team that defeated Canada to win gold at the 1998 Olympics in Nagano. The Downers Grove, Illinois native also won silver at the 2002 Salt Lake City Games.

She remains the all-time leading scorer for the USA women’s team with 343 points (186 goals and 157 assists).

In 2010, Granato and Canadian Angela James became the first women to be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame.

“Cammi is a tremendous leader and has earned the respect of the hockey world. She has a great spirit for the game, experience and influence at all levels,” said Jim Rutherford, president of hockey operations for the Canucks, in a statement.

As assistant general manager, Granato will oversee Vancouver’s player development department and its amateur and professional scouting department.

It’s a job she feels prepared for after three years of scouting for the Kraken.

“One of the things I said coming here is that I’ve never done this job before, but I have great people around me, I have a lot of experience in the game and certainly the experience with Seattle helped prepare me,” she said.

Granato, 50, joins a Canucks front office that has been completely overhauled since former general manager Jim Benning, head coach Travis Green and several other staff were let go in early December.

Rutherford was named president of hockey operations shortly thereafter. He hired former Penguins assistant general manager Patrik Allvin as general manager and former scout Derek Clancey and former player agent Emilie Castonguay as assistant general managers.

There’s certainly reason to be happy about joining an NHL front office where there are two women on the management team, Granato said.

“It’s definitely a great day to have two women in charge of the same team. It just shows Jim’s vision to branch out, get different voices, get different people’s experience and bring them together,” she said.

“Maybe that conversation will change and in 10 years it won’t be a big deal or in five years it won’t be a big deal when other teams follow suit.”

Granato believes she and Castonguay won’t be anomalies for long. She expects more women to join league teams soon.

“Now you can look at the position of someone who is qualified and not just think that’s a man’s role,” she said. “There are women who are qualified, there are players who will come out of these Olympics who will retire and be able to be in NHL roles. I think you will see more of that. I think it’s a period exciting.”

It’s also an exciting time for the Canucks, Granato said.

After a dismal start to the season, Vancouver is back in the playoff bracket, six points out of a playoff berth with a 21-21-6 record.

“We have a good base of talented young players and I think our job is to build a championship team and that’s what we’re going to focus on,” Granato said.

The Canucks complete a three-game homestand on Saturday when they host the Toronto Maple Leafs.

This report from The Canadian Press was first published on February 10, 2022.

Gemma Karstens-Smith, The Canadian Press


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