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I was surprised to not find this in the forums. This was a letter in The Province from a former junior Medicine Hat Tiger Defenceman Steve Marr. Heres the article for your viewing pleasure. Solid read through and through.

In the wake of the pursuit for our next coach, I am writing to recommend that the Vancouver Canucks shy away from an obvious replacement type: a veteran coach with loads of NHL games under his belt, Lindy Ruff being the first name that comes to mind.

There are a handful of coaches available who fit that bill, but recent trends have shown that a lot more teams have given a new-wave generation of coaches a chance; guys who have climbed up the junior/minor pro ranks, displayed tremendous success in that time, have more experience dealing with today’s generation of hockey player and boasting success at the NHL level. Most notably Dan Bylsma and Bruce Boudreau, one of whom is a Stanley Cup champion.

There is a candidate available who the Canucks should consider for their next coaching position: Willie Desjardins, currently of the AHL’s Texas Stars, would be the ideal canditate to succed Alain Vigneault. Having had an opportunity to play under Willie’s leadership for his first three years with the Medicine Hat Tigers, Willie was the sole reason for the complete, and quick, resurection of the Tigers’ program. After missing the playoffs for the sixth consecutive year, most years spent having the WHL’s worst record, Willie was hired and he turned our program into a Memorial Cup favourite just two years later in Kelowna, there as the WHL champions.

Willie has a vision and knows exactly how he wants his teams to play, and his style most notably is suitable to how the Canucks have been built. He knows exactly how to deal with his players because he understands that every player needs to be dealt differently based on their character and personality. He knows what buttons to push, and if and when he needs to push them. He knows how to get the best out of each individual so that they can contribute to their team’s success.

Willie’s teams are held accountable through their core values, their goals and their vision. His vision is very clear: to win a championship. His teams are successful because he gets the most out of his leadership groups. Groups that are carefully constructed to ensure every different friendship group, or cliques that come out of a dressing room, are on the same page. Willie knows how to utilize his team’s strengths, while constantly improving their weaknesses.

Simply put: In my four years in the Western Hockey League, and my four years of professional hockey, I have never come across an individual who loves to win more than Willie Desjardins. Just look at his resume. He’s won in every league he’s coached in. He was a league champion in Japan. He coached the Tigers to six, 40-plus-wins seasons in eight years, including two league championships and two Memorial Cup berths, while being recognized as the Canadian Hockey League’s coach of the year in 2005-06. He’s represented Canada at the World Juniors, having captured the gold medal as an assitant and a silver medal at the helm. He most recently has been awarded the Louis A.R. Pieri Award that recognizes the American Hockey League’s coach of the year, for the 2012-2013 season.

Through my experiences, I know a lot about hockey and I also might be the most passionate Canucks’ fan, so this recommendation is directed purely in the very best interest of the Canucks’ organization and comes directly from my heart, as there is nothing I want more than for this great franchise to raise their first Stanley Cup.

Willie Desjardins is the man to do it. Get him before the Dallas Stars hire from within.

So what do you guys think? Is he a worthy successor to AV? Or should we consider only those with NHL experience? A LA CUISINE!!!!

Just in case you wanted to read more on the article here is the link http://blogs.theprov...lie-desjardins/

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I always hated when the Tigers would come into Kamloops to play...Desjardins was a no b.s. type guy and ALWAYS got the most out of his players. If he's available, I would also recommend the Canucks pick him up (BEAUSE MY WORD MEANS EVERYTHING, DAMMIT). We need a winners mentality here in Vancouver.

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Eakins, Hynes, Desjardins. I am open to having a non-NHL coach take over the reins. If we want to get ahead of the curve in terms of play-style, we will probably need some fresh blood. All of these guys are strong candidates imo.

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Keep in mind this guy is biased because he played for the Desjardins. Just because he did a great job coaching the teams this player was on doesn't mean there aren't other good coaches out there. I think he would be a good candidate, but there are lots of others out there too.

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