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NHL: Castonguay has high aspirations for Canucks

Emilie Castonguay stated her desire to help build the Vancouver Canucks into a challenger for the Stanley Cup after she was named the franchise's first female assistant general manager.

The Canucks, 100/1 to become Stanley Cup champions in 2021/22, announced the hiring of the 35-year old on Monday.

Following in Gorgone's footsteps

Castonguay becomes the second female in NHL history to hold the assistant GM position and the first since Angela Gorgone took the same role at the Anaheim Ducks in 1996.

The Canadian joins the Canucks from Momentum Hockey, where she was the first woman to be certified by the NHL Players' Association as a player agent in 2016.

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Prior to becoming a player agent, Castonguay spent four years playing NCAA Division I hockey at Niagara University, where she won a National Scholar Athlete award and graduated with a Finance degree.

She later gained a law degree during an internship where she shadowed then Montreal Canadiens GM Pierre Gauthier.

President of hockey operations and interim GM of the Canucks Jim Rutherford said Castonguay will have a major say in all aspects of hockey operations, citing her experience in player contracts, negotiations and managing the Collective Bargaining Agreement as particular areas which attracted him to appoint her.

Rutherford bringing pedigree

Rutherford himself was hired by the Canucks in December 2021 after the firing of Jim Benning. He is one of only two general managers to win Stanley Cups with different franchises, lifting the championship with the Carolina Hurricanes (2006) and the Pittsburgh Penguins (2016, 2017).

The Canucks, seventh in the Pacific Division (18-19-4) are yet to name their new general manager.

Castonguay said to the media: "The Canucks have a passionate fan base and an exciting young team with a bright future.

"I can't wait to help build a winning organisation that continues to grow and challenges for championship."

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