Veteran NHL executive Jim Rutherford is the new president of the Vancouver Canucks, team chairman Francesco Aquilini calling it time for "a new vision and a new leader."

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Hockey Hall of Fame inductee Jim Rutherford shows off his ring in Toronto on Nov. 15, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

Hockey Hall of Fame inductee Jim Rutherford shows off his ring in Toronto on Nov. 15, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

Veteran NHL executive Jim Rutherford is the new president of the Vancouver Canucks, team chairman Francesco Aquilini calling it time for "a new vision and a new leader."

Rutherford will also act as interim general manager while he leads the search for a new GM.

"Jim has tremendous experience building and leading winning organizations and I believe he will help build the Vancouver Canucks into a team that can compete for championships again," Aquilini said in a statement.

The Canucks cleaned house on Sunday, firing general manager Jim Benning and head coach Travis Green, among other front-office staff members. The team hired Bruce Boudreau as head coach on a two-year deal, and have gone 2-0 since, beating the Los Angeles Kings 4-0 and the Boston Bruins 2-1.

Rutherford is a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame in the builders' category, and was most recently the GM for the Pittsburgh Penguins from 2014 to 2021, leading the team to back-to-back Stanley Cups in 2016 and '17.

He was also Carolina's GM for 20 years, and saw the Hurricanes win the Cup in 2006.

"It is an honour to join the Vancouver Canucks and to lead an NHL team in Canada," Rutherford said. "The Canucks have an exciting young group of players, and I look forward to building a plan that will take this team to the next level and excite Canucks fans everywhere."

The 72-year-old Rutherford won the Jim Gregory General Manager of the Year award in 2016, and was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2019.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Dec. 9, 2021.