Chris Higgins is returning to the team he played six seasons for, this time in management.
According to a report from Sportsnet’s Irfaan Gaffar, Higgins will rejoin the Vancouver Canucks in a player development role.
Sounds like Chris Higgins is joining the #Canucks in a player development role. Similar to what Scott Walker was doing.
— Irfaan Gaffar (@sportsnetirf) July 29, 2019
Higgins will help fill in for the departed Scott Walker. Walker had been serving as the Canucks’ Director of Player Development before getting poached by the Arizona Coyotes this summer to serve as a Special Assistant to GM John Chayka.
Higgins, of course, was a key member of the 2011 Canucks that came within one win of the franchise’s first Stanley Cup. The Smithtown, New York native played 314 regular-season games in a Canucks uniform, scoring 142 points (62-80-142) from 2011 to 2016.
He’s also well known for having the best abs in Canucks history.
Chris Higgins Abs pic.twitter.com/Fwu3OccUL4
— NHL Rock Me (@NHLrockme) June 27, 2013
The 36-year-old worked briefly with TSN 1040 after retirement and was seen at Rogers Arena in March signing autographs. He was also working with Canucks prospects on the ice in June at development camp.
The Canucks have drawn criticism recently for how lean their front office has become. It’s been more than a year since the team and Trevor Linden “amicably” parted ways, with his vacated position of President of Hockey Operations still unfilled.