VP of Player Personnel & Assistant GM, NHL
Lorne Henning was named Vice President of Player Personnel & Assistant General Manager on September 3, 2008. Henning first joined the Canucks organization as a Professional Scout, bringing 28 years of professional playing and coaching experience at the NHL level and four Stanley Cup Championship rings. Prior to being named Assistant General Manager, Henning held the position of Director, Player Personnel for three years.
As Vice President of Player Personnel and Assistant General Manager, Henning works closely with Mike Gillis on all player evaluations, trades and free agent signings. Additionally, he is responsible for the club’s professional scouting in North America and Europe and acts as the primary liaison between the Canucks minor league affiliates.
Henning joined the Canucks in September 2005 after having worked as an Assistant Coach with the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim from 2002 to 2004. Henning’s extensive NHL career both as a player and coach saw him play nine years with the New York Islanders (1972-81) and work as an Assistant Coach and Head Coach for 19 seasons. Henning was a member of the New York Islanders Stanley Cup Championship teams as a player in 1979.80 and 1980.81 then as an Assistant Coach in 1981.82 and 1982.83. The four-time Stanley Cup winner worked alongside former Islanders Head Coach and Hockey Hall of Famer, Al Arbour as an Assistant Coach.
Drafted 17th overall in the 1972 NHL Amateur Draft, Henning spent his entire professional hockey career with the New York Islanders. The Saskatchewan native played 543 career games with the Islanders before retiring a back-to-back Stanley Cup Champion after the 1980-81 season. He joined the coaching fraternity the following year as Islanders Assistant Coach and achieved similar success helping lead the club to another two Stanley Cup Championships. Henning continued on to an 18-year NHL career behind the bench, including coaching assignments with the North Stars, Blackhawks and Mighty Ducks. During the 1985.86 and 1986.87 seasons, Henning served as the Head Coach for the Minnesota North Stars and was Head Coach of the New York Islanders in the 1994.95 season.