Days after Manny Malhotra officially announced his retirement from the NHL as a player, the Vancouver Canucks have given him a position as a development coach. The 36-year-old will specialize in face-offs and systems, and will travel on occasion to work with the team’s young players in Utica.
Manny Malhotra joins the Canucks as a Development Coach. There was a player who made the absolute most of his talent. Good hire.
— Mark Spector (@SportsnetSpec) September 7, 2016
Malhotra joins a growing list of former Canucks who now work within the team’s coaching/administration. Other former players working with the team include Stan Smyl, Dan Cloutier, and, of course, Trevor Linden – who spoke today on the addition of Malhotra.
“We’re pleased to have Manny rejoin the organization and work with our coaching staff to help develop and mentor our players,” Linden said. “Manny has a wealth of experience from nearly two decades in the NHL. His character, work ethic, skill, and perseverance are qualities we value and know will benefit our team.”
Linden’s words carry high praise, but a praise that is well-deserved for a player who did all the little things right. Malhotra was a shining example of hard work paying off.
Malhotra is an excellent hire for the Canucks. A quality guy with a great perspective on adapting & persevering in the NHL
— Satiar Shah (@SatiarShah) September 7, 2016
A veteran of 16 NHL seasons, Malhotra spent three years with the Canucks from 2010 to 2013. He was on the roster during Vancouver’s franchise record-breaking season in 2010-11, where he earned a number of votes for the Selke Trophy.
All in all, this seems like a great hire for the Canucks. Malhotra was well-liked by both fans and players during his playing time in Vancouver, and considering the Canucks were dead last in the face-off circle last season (a dismal 45.4%) his services may be exactly what they need.