Ex-Rockets coach to NHL
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Close to three years after the Kelowna Rockets fired their coach Adam Foote, he has been named as the Vancouver Canucks’ assistant coach.
After much speculation over the past week, the Canucks announced Sunday morning they’d fired head coach Bruce Boudreau and assistant coach Trent Cull.
They’ll be replaced by head coach Rick Tocchet, along with assistant coach Adam Foote and defensive development coach Sergei Gonchar.
Foote, 51, was head coach of the Rockets for the 2018/19 and 2019/20 seasons, before he was fired in February 2020. The Rockets had records of 24-23-6-2 and 24-26-2-2 under Foote’s coaching.
“We are also excited about the additions of Adam Foote and Sergei Gonchar to our coaching staff,” Vancouver Canucks General Manager Patrik Allvin said in a statement.
“Both individuals enjoyed long, successful playing careers as NHL defensemen and together provide a wide range of expertise on both sides of the puck. Tocchet, Foote, and Gonchar all bring a championship pedigree to the organization and we look forward to welcoming them to Vancouver .”
Prior to working with the Rockets, Foote spent four seasons as a development consultant with the Colorado Avalanche. As a player in the NHL, Foote played 1,151 games over 19 seasons, and won two Stanley Cups with the Colorado Avalanche in 1996 and 2001.