Lidster joins Canucks’ staff

The Vancouver Canucks have named Doug Lidster to the team’s coaching staff.

Lidster, 52, joins the Canucks from the Texas Stars where he, alongside new Canucks head coach Willie Desjardins, helped lead the team to the 2014 Calder Cup championship. He had served as an assistant coach with Texas since 2012.

Prior to joining the Stars, Lidster served as the assistant coach for the Canadian women’s national team from 2008 to 2010, where he helped guide Team Canada to the 2010 Olympic gold medal in Vancouver, as well as the 2009 Four Nations Cup championship in Finland, the 2010 MLP Cup championship in Germany and a silver medal at the 2009 IIHF World Women’s Championship in Finland. Lidster was also an assistant coach for the women’s team in 2003-04, helping them win gold at the 2004 IIHF World Women’s Championship and silver at the 2003 Four Nations Cup.

Prior to his coaching career, the native of Kamloops, B.C., was drafted by the Canucks in the seventh round of the 1980 NHL Entry Draft and went on to play 16 seasons in the NHL for the Canucks, New York Rangers, St. Louis Blues and Dallas Stars. In 897 career games, he recorded 343 points and 679 penalty minutes and won two Stanley Cups, with the Rangers in 1994 and the Stars in 1999.