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Height  5 ft 8 in (173 cm)
Name  Willie Desjardins
Position  Centre
Role  Coach
Shot  Right
Team  Vancouver Canucks
Playing career  1971–1984

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Born  February 11, 1957 (age 64) Climax, SK, CAN (1957-02-11)
Weight  160 lb (73 kg; 11 st 6 lb)
Team coached  Vancouver Canucks (Head coach, since 2014)
Spouse  Rhonda Carlson-Desjardins (m. 1991)
Education  University of Saskatchewan
Played for  Moose Jaw Canucks, Swift Current Broncos, Lethbridge Broncos, Nijmegen Tigers

Similar  Linden Vey, Doug Lidster, Todd McLellan

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Wilbrod "Willie" Desjardins (born February 11, 1957) is a Canadian ice hockey coach and player. He was the Head coach of the Vancouver Canucks of the National Hockey League (NHL) from 2014 to 2017. In July 2017 he was named head of the coaching staff for Canada's men's team at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, Korea.

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Playing career

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Desjardins began his hockey career playing in the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League (SJHL) for the Moose Jaw Canucks from 1971 to 1974 and split the 1974-75 season between the Moose Jaw Canucks and the Swift Current Broncos. He played in the Western Canada Hockey League (WCHL) for the Lethbridge Broncos from 1975 through 1977. He followed his junior hockey career by studying at the University of Saskatchewan and played with the Saskatchewan Huskies under then head coach Dave King. King recommended him to Alex Andjelic, head coach of Vissers Nijmegen in the Netherlands. Desjardins spent the 1983/84 season in Nijmegen and won, as captain, the first Dutch championship with the club.

Coaching career

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Desjardins began his coaching career at the University of Calgary in 1985 as assistant coach and became head coach in 1989. He then coached the Seibu Bears in Japan. He then returned to Canada and became head coach of the Saskatoon Blades, replacing Donn Clark midway through the 1997–98 season. He was then offered a job as an assistant coach for the Canada men's national team.

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Once hired by the Medicine Hat Tigers, Desjardins was instrumental in the Tigers' first playoff appearance in five years in the 2002–03 season, leading them to a Memorial Cup appearance and their 4th WHL championship in 2003–04, and a 96-point Eastern Conference regular season champion 2004–05 season. Desjardins took on the duties of general manager for the 2005–06 season.

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Desjardins was awarded the Dunc McCallum Memorial Trophy for the Coach of the Year in the Western Hockey League and the Canadian Hockey League.

In 2009, he was the assistant coach of Team Canada's World Junior Gold medal team, under head coach Pat Quinn and alongside fellow assistant coaches Guy Boucher and Dave Cameron. Desjardins was the head coach of Team Canada's 2010 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships team.

From 2010 to 2012, Desjardins served as the associate head coach of the Dallas Stars of the National Hockey League before being selected as the head coach of their AHL team in Cedar Park, Texas in June 2012. On June 17, 2014, he led his Texas Stars team to their first Calder Cup Championship.

On June 23, 2014, Desjardins was hired as the head coach for the Vancouver Canucks, replacing John Tortorella, who was dismissed as head coach after one season. On April 10, 2017, he was fired after the team missed the playoffs for the second consecutive season, along with assistants Perry Pearn and Doug Lidster. Desjardins posted a record of 109–110–27 in three seasons with the club.

July 25, 2017 he was named head coach of Canada's men's team at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, Korea.

Personal life

He holds a Bachelor of Education (BEd) and a Master of Social Work (MSW). He is married and has three kids- Sheehan, Brayden and Jayce. Desjardins is also the owner of a golf course, two RV parks and a mini golf. His daughter studies journalism and has her broadcasting degree.

References

Willie Desjardins Wikipedia


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