Newark, NJ – According to a report, the New Jersey Devils are to hire Travis Green as Lindy Ruffs Associate Coach.
Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman states, “There is word Travis Green will join New Jersey’s staff in the position vacated by Andrew Brunette. Green had several options — believed to include Calgary and Toronto, and chose the Devils.”
Green will replace Brunette who spent one year behind New Jersey’s bench. Brunette was hired on May 31st by the Nashville Predators as their next head coach, replacing John Hynes.
Green is the former head coach of the Vancouver Canucks. He stood behind the Canucks bench for 4.5 seasons from 2017-19 to 2021-22. He was then replaced by Bruce Boudreau. In 314 games, Green led the Canucks to a 133-147-35 record. His best coaching season came in the Covid-shortened 2019-20 season. The Canucks finished fourth in the Pacific Division with a 36-27-6 record, good enough for fourth place.
When the season resumed for bubble hockey playoffs, the Canucks bowed out in the second round against the No.1 ranked Vegas Golden Knights.
Prior to his NHL experience, Green was hired as the head coach of the AHL Utica Comets, then an affiliate of the Canucks. In the 2014-15 season, Green led the Comets to the Calder Cup Final where they lost in five games to the Manchester Monarchs.
In a recent interview with The Athletic, Green spoke about his experience coaching the Canucks. He also states how he’s self-reflected since, and what he’d do differently moving forward:
“I’ve spent a lot of time watching a lot of hockey, how teams play, studying different systems,” Green told The Athletic. “I’m a bit of a hockey nerd, so that was easy. It wasn’t just watching systems either, but thinking about how different things can be incorporated with different teams and teams at different stages of their development, too. I think that’s really important when you’re talking about systems and how you want to play.”
“I’m a guy that loves challenges, I love coaching, that’s the competitive part of us. I’m looking forward to hopefully getting another opportunity.”
*This is a developing story.