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Former player Stan Smyl named Canucks' player development director

VANCOUVER - The Vancouver Canucks are expanding the duties of senior management team member Stan Smyl.

He was named director of player development Thursday, the NHL team said in a release. Smyl will also continue to serve as senior adviser to general manager Mike Gillis.

"Stan has been a cornerstone of our franchise as a player, coach and member of our management team for over 30 years," Gillis said in a release. "We are thrilled to expand his role to have him work closely with our prospects. Stan embodies hard work and has shown an unwavering commitment to excellence.

"We look forward to having him instil these qualities in our prospects as they develop on and off the ice."

Smyl has spent his entire professional hockey career with the Canucks organization, first as a player then as a coach before becoming a member of the senior management team.

He was named collegiate scouting director in June 2008 and became the senior adviser to the GM a few months later. In his new role, Smyl will be responsible for working with the club's young players to assist them with their continued growth as professionals.

During his NHL playing career, Smyl established team records for games played (896), goals (262), assists (411) and points (673).

He served as team captain from 1982-1990 and had his No. 12 retired by the team in 1991.

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