Canucks give GM Benning contract extension

Reuters

Vancouver Canucks general manager Jim Benning signed a multi-year contract extension Wednesday, the team announced.

Benning was named the club's GM in May 2014. He previously worked seven seasons as the Boston Bruins' assistant GM and also served as the Buffalo Sabres' director of amateur scouting for 12 years.

"I'm excited about the direction of our team and the depth and talent we continue to build," Benning said. "I believe we are on the right track and I am pleased to continue the work we started four years ago when we set out to build a championship team."

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Benning played nine seasons in the NHL as a defenseman with the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Canucks.

"With Jim's guidance and leadership we have put the building blocks in place for a bright future," said Trevor Linden, president of the Canucks. "We have strong internal alignment and I am excited to continue working towards our ultimate goal of bringing a Stanley Cup to Vancouver."

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