Vancouver, British Columbia – Vancouver Canucks General Manager Patrik Allvin announced today that Manny Malhotra has been hired as the new head coach of the Abbotsford Canucks. Malhotra replaces Jeremy Colliton, who was named the second head coach in Abbotsford franchise history in July 2022.

“Bringing in someone who is familiar with the organization is a big win for us,” Allvin said. “Manny’s experience in hockey development and coaching has prepared him very well for this opportunity as a head coach. “We look forward to working with him and providing our staff in Abbotsford with all the support they need to continue developing our players.”

Malhotra has spent the last four seasons working as an assistant coach for the Toronto Maple Leafs after joining Toronto at the start of the 2020 NHL season. Prior to that, the Mississauga Ontario native also spent time on the Canucks coaching staff working as a development coach in 2016-17 and as an assistant coach from 2017-2020.

“First and foremost, I would like to thank Jeremy Colliton and Gary Agnew for the work they did for us in Abbotsford,” said Abbotsford general manager and Canucks assistant general manager Ryan Johnson. “Having played against Manny in the NHL, I know firsthand many of the great qualities he possesses and the competitiveness in his DNA. He is first and foremost a teacher and his skills and mentality will fit perfectly with our vision for the team in Abbotsford.”

a 7th A first-round overall draft pick of the New York Rangers in 1998, Malhotra played for seven NHL teams over 16 seasons. In 991 NHL games he accumulated 116 goals, 179 assists and 295 points. Known for his prowess in the faceoff circle, Malhotra spent three seasons playing for the Canucks, appearing in 159 games with Vancouver.

“Being able to return to the Vancouver Canucks organization is an incredible opportunity for both me and my family,” Malhotra said. “Having the opportunity to help develop the next wave of young talent is an honor and a privilege. We have a lot of good prospects in the group and I can’t wait to get on the ice. “I would also like to thank the Toronto Maple Leafs for giving me the opportunity to work with them over the past four years.”

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