VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – Canucks President and GM Mike Gillis has announced that Head Coach Alain Vigneault has signed a two year contract extension.

Vigneault, 51, was named the 16th Head Coach in Canucks history on June 20, 2006.

In 492 games behind the Canucks bench, Vigneault has guided the team to a record of 287-155-50 and the highest winning percentage in franchise history (.634). In his six seasons with Vancouver, Vigneault has led the Canucks to two Presidents’ Trophies, five Northwest Division Titles, and five 100-plus point seasons.

“Alain has established himself as one of the premiere coaches in the National Hockey League,” says Gillis. “He has demonstrated a commitment to winning that has led to back-to-back Presidents’ Trophies and we are confident his dedication and hard work will continue to yield positive results.”

Vigneault says he’s very pleased to be signing this extension. “I look forward to taking the next step with this franchise in bringing the Stanley Cup to Vancouver. I feel fortunate to be able to work with such a dedicated group of management, coaches and players in this great city I love.”

Vigneault adds he plans on keeping his entire coaching staff.

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