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Vancouver, B.C. - Vancouver Canucks Senior Vice-President and General Manager Dave Nonis announced today that Rick Bowness, Mike Kelly and Barry Smith have been named Assistant Coaches of the Vancouver Canucks.

"We are very pleased to name our Assistant Coaching staff today," said Dave Nonis. "Our Head Coach, Alain Vigneault is joined by three very capable and highly qualified individuals in Rick Bowness, Mike Kelly and Barry Smith. They each bring a wealth of experience to their coaching roles with the Canucks. We believe strongly that this coaching staff possesses the necessary qualities to compete at the highest level in this league."

Bowness, 50, joins the Vancouver Canucks coaching staff from the Phoenix Coyotes where he served as Assistant Coach for the last five years; Bowness assumed head coaching duties on an interim basis in 2003-04. Prior to joining the Coyotes, Bowness was a member of the New York Islanders coaching staff for three seasons. The Moncton, New Brunswick native has held the position of Head Coach for five NHL teams: the Winnipeg Jets (1988-89), Boston Bruins (1991-92), Ottawa Senators (1992-96), New York Islanders (1996-98) and Phoenix Coyotes (2003-04). In addition to his NHL coaching experience, Bowness was also a player/coach for the Sherbrooke Jets (1982-83), Head Coach and General Manager of his hometown Moncton Hawks (1987) and Head Coach of the Maine Mariners (1989-91) of the AHL.

Prior to his coaching career, Bowness played seven seasons (1975-82) in the NHL as a right wing with Atlanta, Detroit, St. Louis and Winnipeg. He saw action in 173 games, recording 55 points (18-37-55) and 191 penalty minutes. Bowness was originally drafted by the Atlanta Flames in the second round, 26th overall, of the 1975 NHL Entry Draft.

Kelly, 47, becomes a member of the Canucks coaching staff after working alongside Alain Vigneault as Assistant Coach of the Manitoba Moose during the 2005-06 AHL season. Kelly brings 18 years of coaching experience to the position. Prior to his role with Manitoba last season, Kelly was Head Coach at the University of Prince Edward Island, where in one season with the team, he led the Panthers to an 11-11-6 record in 28 games and a playoff berth in the Atlantic Conference of CIS Hockey. Kelly held posts as Head Coach of the Brandon Wheat Kings in 2003-04, General Manager and Head Coach of the North Bay Centennials and Head Coach of the University of New Brunswickís 1998 CIS National Menís Hockey team.

Since 2001, Kelly has been responsible for an impressive list of Hockey Canada coaching assignments, including Head Coach of the gold medal-winning under-18 Canadian team at the World Championships in 2003, and Assistant Coach of the Canadian senior men's team at the Swedish Games the same year. He was also selected to assist in the development of a curriculum for Hockey Canada's Under-17 Program of Excellence.

Barry Smith continues his tenure with the Vancouver Canucks, entering his fourth season as Assistant Coach with the team. Prior to joining the Canucks, Smith spent three seasons as an Assistant Coach with Vancouverís top minor league affiliates: Syracuse, Kansas City and Manitoba. In 2005, the Moose finished second in the North Division and went to the AHL Conference Finals.

Smith, 44, joined the Canucks organization on August 23, 1999 from the Baton Rouge Kingfish of the ECHL. He spent two years with the club as an Assistant Coach. During the 1996-97 season, Smith was Head Coach and General Manager of the Waterloo (Iowa) Blackhawks of the United States Junior Hockey League. Prior to joining Waterloo, Smith spent four seasons with the Erie Panthers (ECHL) as both an Assistant Coach (1992-95) and Head Coach (1995-96).

Smith played professional hockey for ten seasons. During that span he spent six seasons as a player/coach in Europe.

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2006-10-03 18:03:01
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