Canucks promote Chris Gear to assistant general manager

Jan 7 2020, 10:37 am

The Vancouver Canucks have a new assistant general manager.

GM Jim Benning announced the promotion of Chris Gear, who previously served as the team’s vice president and general counsel. Gear joins Benning and AGM John Weisbrod as the team’s top decision makers within Hockey Operations.

Gear, whose official title is assistant general manager and chief legal officer, will work closely with Benning, Weisbrod, and the Canucks Hockey Operations executive, the Canucks said in a release.

“We’re fortunate to have a very talented and experienced Hockey Operations staff,” said Benning. “Chris Gear has made a significant contribution to our Hockey Operations executive over four years and we’re pleased to recognize his efforts and have him continue to provide his experience and support.”

The 47-year-old Lennoxville, Quebec native has spent the past four seasons in the Canucks’ Hockey Operations executive, and a total of nine years within the team’s front office. He was and will continue to be responsible for player contract negotiations, the organization’s affiliation with the Utica Comets, and the business operations of the team.

Prior to joining the Canucks in 2010, Gear worked as director and senior legal counsel for the Vancouver 2010 Olympics organizing committee.

In an interview with Advantage Magazine, Gear talked about how he reacted to being hired back in 2010, saying: “This team means so much to this city. Our team brings out a shared passion that binds people from so many walks of life in our community.

“It was so exciting to realize that I would be a part of this organization in a big way. I felt a real sense of pride and responsibility to be among the 150 or so lucky employees at Canucks Sports & Entertainment who get to work for a team that so many in our province are proud to call their own.”