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Q&A with new head coach Jeremy Colliton:

 

On Friday, July 1st, Vancouver Canucks General Manager Patrick Alvin announced that Jeremy Colliton had been named the second Head Coach in Abbotsford Canucks franchise history. It was also announced that former Head Coach, Trent Cull, had been promoted to the position of Assistant Coach for the Vancouver Canucks.

 

Colliton, 37, was previously the Head Coach of the NHL's Chicago Blackhawks, where he served for parts of four seasons. In 205 career NHL games coached, all with the Blackhawks, he posted a record of 87-92-26. Prior to coaching in the NHL, he acted as the Head Coach of Chicago's AHL affiliate, the Rockford IceHogs, where he accumulated a record of 46-31-0-11 in 88 games.

 

We sat down and spoke with Jeremy ahead of the upcoming Canucks Development Camp at UBC.

 

"What appealed to you about the opportunity in Abbotsford?"

 

I had some general conversations in the wintertime with Patrik and right from the beginning it felt like he and the Canucks had a belief that I could make an impact and help build something here. It wasn’t about any particular position but just his overall vision for where the Canucks are going and that was exciting, to be part of something for the long-term. I believe the American League team is a huge part of the puzzle to build an elite NHL club and so when that opportunity was put in front of me it appealed to me. 
 

For my family it’s exciting to be able to live in Canada and relatively close to home as well. I was a big Canucks fan in the early 90’s so it’s pretty neat to have a chance to be part of that history and hopefully future success.

 

"How would you say that your NHL coaching experience has helped or benefitted your coaching in the AHL?"

 

Well I know what I’m getting into, I understand both leagues and feel comfortable in my role. I’m very relaxed and confident that I can make a difference, which is a great feeling. I’m a better coach now than I was 3 or 5 or 8 years ago and that comes with experience, just having been through different situations that give you the confidence to deal with things that will inevitably come up. 

 

"What does success look like for you in Abbotsford?"

 

As a staff my view is we have 3 objectives, which there will be a lot of overlap on but we want to execute on all 3. The first is to develop players who can contribute to the long-term success of the Canucks, play significant roles for a long time at the NHL level. 

 

The second is to prepare the players who Bruce will need to come in and play in the short-term, make sure they are ready to step-in and be options for him that he can trust during the season. 
 

The third is to do it all in a winning environment, I believe that winning comes from winning habits, a mentality that you either have every day or you don’t. You can’t just flick the switch when you get your NHL chance. It has to be something you do every day at the AHL level as well. 

 

"How do you feel about taking the reins of a relatively new franchise? Is there any extra excitement or pressure knowing that the team is only in it's second year?"

 

It’s exciting. I’ve heard that we’ll receive great support from the fan base which is a huge help for the players. When you step on the ice in a great atmosphere it helps give you the energy to play the way you need to play. I also believe being so close to Vancouver is a positive, the players will feel closer to the Canucks and that comes with some pressure that I also feel is a benefit as they try to develop into NHL players.

 

https://abbotsford.canucks.com/news/q-and-a-with-jeremy-colliton

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1 hour ago, -Vintage Canuck- said:

 

 

As a staff my view is we have 3 objectives, which there will be a lot of overlap on but we want to execute on all 3. The first is to develop players who can contribute to the long-term success of the Canucks, play significant roles for a long time at the NHL level. 

 

 

This means so much to me. There's been many times when I've thought that our AHL coach was coaching for himself and not the franchise.

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Just how deep does thin cost cutting go? Definitely a ball drop on this one. He'll be scooped for sure. Yah, I'd say the plan is to take a step back

for a couple of years. A theory I don't agree with. Not on board with. 

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1 hour ago, Muttley said:

Just how deep does thin cost cutting go? Definitely a ball drop on this one. He'll be scooped for sure. Yah, I'd say the plan is to take a step back

for a couple of years. A theory I don't agree with. Not on board with. 

The decision was totally up to him. The Abby Canucks had no say as he is a UFA G6. Can't blame him for testing the market to see what he is worth.

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Q&A with new defencemen Quinn Schmiemann:

 

On June 24th, Abbotsford Canucks General Manager, Ryan Johnson, announced that the club has signed major junior free agent defenceman Quinn Schmiemann to a two-year AHL contract through the 2023-24 season. Schmiemann joins Abbotsford from the Kamloops Blazers of the Western Hockey League.

 

“We are excited to have Quinn join our organization,” said Abbotsford GM Ryan Johnson. “After a great junior career, we feel we are a great fit to help him succeed at the next level."

 

This week at Development Camp, we sat down with Schmiemann to talk to the newly signed blue liner.

 

Can you talk to us about your time with the Kamloops Blazers and your success there?

 

"I played there for four years and had a really good season this year, a great team. Had lots of help up front with guys like Logan Stankoven and Caedan Bankir. It's a great place to play, one of the nicest places to play in the Western Hockey League. Overall I really enjoyed my four seasons there and I wouldn't look back. It was a great experience and I'm thankful for it."

 

What excites you about playing in the AHL with Abbotsford?

 

"I think just making that next step. It's professional hockey, and I think I'm ready for professional hockey. It's every kid's dream to make that best step, and Abbotsford seemed like a great choice. It's right in the backyard, still here in BC. I love British Columbia, I'm a prairie boy so it's a bit different out here than Saskatchewan. But I'm really excited to get things going here."

 

How was Development Camp for you?

 

"Personally I think it's going great. I'm having a really good time here, meeting a lot of good guys and staying right in downtown (Vancouver). Everyone is enjoying themselves and having a good time and trying to be a sponge by soaking everything in."

 

Did you know any of the guys in the camp from before this week?

 

"So I played against (Alex) Kannok Leipert in U18 for a couple of years. And then I played against him and (Tristen) Nielsen when they were with the Vancouver Giants for a couple of years too. There is a couple of WHL guys that I played against, like Chase Wouters, Arshdeep Bains and Jackson Van De Leest."

 

Tell us about yourself, what do you get up to in your spare time?

 

"Training usually takes up a good chunk of my day, but when I'm not training I usually like to play golf. Me and my buddies would go and work on our golf game a little bit, not that it's any good or anything. There are a couple of nice courses around Kamloops. Any day that I get to hit the golf course is a good day to me."

 

Who do you model your style of play after?

 

"That's a tough question. I think generally I just play a 200 foot game, play physically and chip in offensively when I can. Really just whatever needs to be done. If there is a role to be filled then I'm going to assume that role and bring everything that I have to the table to try and help my team win."

 

Finally, how do we say your last name?

 

"Sh-mee-mann. It's definitely a long one. Goes shoulder to shoulder on the jersey for sure. Definitely get that question quite a lot.

 

https://abbotsford.canucks.com/news/q-and-a-with-quinn-schmiemann

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8 hours ago, CRAZY_4_NAZZY said:

VC any word whether Canucks are continuing their ECHl affiliation with Kalamazoo, or are they choosing to use various ECHL teams to supplement their depth?

I know that the Kalamazoo Wings extended their affiliation with the Blue Jackets for next season, but haven't heard anything related to the Canucks.

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On 7/20/2022 at 9:53 AM, -Vintage Canuck- said:

I know that the Kalamazoo Wings extended their affiliation with the Blue Jackets for next season, but haven't heard anything related to the Canucks.

I heard the Toronto Maple Leafs might make for a good ECHL affiliate.:ph34r:

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Interesting ... we play the Kraken farm team just 4 times, twice in late October in Seattle (arena in Palm Springs won't be ready until mid December),  and then first weekend in November in Abbotsford.  So I guess I won't be going to many games this winter.   Can't help but feel that the CV Firebirds lost an opportunity to fill their rink with we Canadians in February or March.  I was so looking forward to making Abby night in Rancho Mirage like the Blue Jays visiting the Mariners.  Maybe they'll get that with Alberta snowbirds.

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