VP of Hockey Operations & Assistant GM
Laurence Gilman was named Vice President of Hockey Operations & Assistant General Manager in 2008. Gilman first joined the Canucks as Director, Hockey Administration on May 5, 2008 after 13 years with the Phoenix Coyotes/Winnipeg Jets organization. In his role as Vice President of Hockey Operations & Assistant General Manager, Gilman is the chief negotiator of all player contracts and the head of amateur scouting.
Gilman oversees the development and implementation of the Hockey Operations budget including: player contract negotiation, player transactions and salary arbitration. Gilman is also responsible for the administration and application of the NHL Collective Bargaining Agreement and the development of the club’s strategic salary cap plan.
Prior to joining the Canucks, Gilman worked with the Coyotes/Jets organization most recently serving as the club’s Senior Vice President & Assistant General Manager for five seasons from 2002 to 2007. Gilman also served as General Manager of the San Antonio Rampage, the Coyotes primary developmental affiliate in the American Hockey League (AHL). In this capacity he oversaw the hockey operations of the Rampage franchise, developed and implemented the Coyotes’ hockey operations department budget, negotiated player contracts, salary arbitration, player transactions, and scouting as well as the administration and application of the NHL’s Collective Bargaining Agreement.
Gilman spent three seasons as the Coyotes Director of Hockey Operations prior to being named Assistant General Manager. Before that, he served four seasons with the club in various capacities including Director of Hockey Administration and Legal Counsel. Gilman graduated from the University of Winnipeg in 1991 then attended the University of North Dakota School of Law. He received his Juris Doctorate in 1994 and was admitted to the State Bar of Minnesota in 1995.