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Lewisporte native hired as Vancouver Canucks’ assistant coach

Darryl Seward will be video specialist for NHL team


Published on July 6, 2017

Darryl Seward has won league titles as video coach of the QMJHL’s Moncton Wildcats and AHL’s Lake Erie Monsters, as well as an Ivan Hlinka tourney gold medal with Canada’s under-18 team. Here, he is shown with the Calder Cup AHL championship trophy on Signal Hill last summer. Now that the 44-year-old Seward has been hired as video coach of the NHL’s Vancouver Canucks, he can been forgiven for hoping to someday strike the same pose with a Stanley Cup.

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Darryl Seward’s steady climb up hockey’s coaching ranks has taken him to the top level.

The 44-year-old Lewisporte native has been hired as the video coach for the National Hockey League’s Vancouver Canucks as part of new head coach Travis Green’s staff.

Seward joins the Canucks after working at the same job with the American Hockey League's Cleveland Monsters for the last two seasons, helping that team (then known as the Lake Erie Monsters) win the 2016 Calder Cup.

Prior to joining the Monsters, Seward had stints as video coach with the AHL's Springfield Falcons (2014-15) and Syracuse Crunch (2012-13).

Previously, Seward served as assistant video coach for the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League's Moncton Wildcats from 2008 to 2012, and was part of the club’s 2010 President's Cup win as QMJHL champs..

Before that, he had been coaching minor hockey teams in Moncton while working full-time in sales, and also was an assistant coach with the Maritime Hockey League’s Moncton Beavers.

Internationally, Seward was part of the coaching staff for Team Canada in its gold-medal victory at the 2012 Ivan Hlinka Memorial (under-18 tourney).

A Memorial University graduate who lives in Paradise in the off-season, Seward is the third Newfoundlander currently holding an assistant coach’s job in the NHL, joining John Slaney (Arizona Coyotes) and Darryl Williams (New York Rangers).

He is also the second person from this province to fill the Canucks’ video coaching position. Williams held the job before moving on to the Rangers.