While every other bit of buzz around the NHL concerned the draft and last minute trades, the Ducks were busy getting Dave Nonis aboard. On Friday, The Ducks organization announced that Nonis had been named the Senior Adviser of Hockey Operations.
Nonis will work beside General Manager Brian Burke, Senior Vice President of Hockey Operations Bob Murray and Assistant General Manager David McNab on all hockey-related issues for the 2008-2009 Ducks season.
Nonis spent the previous 10 years with the Vancouver Canucks, spending the first six seasons as Senior Vice President, Director of Hockey Operations (1998-2004) before being promoted to Senior Vice President and General Manager in May 2004.
During his tenure, the Canucks celebrated the best season in franchise history in 2006-07, setting club records for both points (105) and wins (49) in a season.
In addition, Nonis negotiated a blockbuster trade with Florida on June 23, 2006, bringing goaltender Roberto Luongo to Vancouver. Luongo has been a key component of the Canucks since the trade.
Prior to joining the Canucks, Nonis was the Manager of Hockey Operations for the National Hockey League for four seasons (1994-98). During his time with the NHL, he became a Collective Bargaining Agreement specialist, helping to finalize sections of the document when the previous edition was drafted prior to the 1994-95 season.
Nonis originally broke into the NHL with the Canucks in 1990 where he was responsible for corporate contracts, computer scouting and team services.
Nonis has been an influential part of not only the Vancouver Canucks but also the NHL itself, there is no doubt Dave Nonis will help build the Ducks back to Stanley Cup glory.
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