07/11/2013 07:36 EDT | Updated 09/10/2013 05:12 EDT

Canucks name Travis Green head coach of AHL affiliate

The Vancouver Canucks have named Travis Green head coach of AHL affiliate Utica Comets.

Canucks general manager Mike Gillis made the announced on Thursday. “We are very pleased to have Travis Green join our organization,” said Gillis. “Travis brings a wealth of hockey knowledge and a winning pedigree to the role. His experience as a player and immediate success as a head coach, guiding Portland to a WHL championship this past year, are tremendous assets to lead and develop our players and prospects in Utica.”

The 42-year-old coach was the assistant genear general manager and interim head coach of WHL champion and Memorial Cup runner-up Portland Winterhawks last season. The team finished with a record of 37-8-2, winning the Scotty Munroe Trophy as the league's best regular season team.

Green, native of Castlegar, BC, played 14 seasons and 970 games in the NHL with the New York Islanders, Anaheim Ducks, Phoenix Coyotes, Toronto Maple Leafs and Boston Bruins. The former centre finished his career with 455 points and 764 penalty minutes.