Canucks: Jason Krog signs on as skills coach

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The team was looking to add to head coach Rick Tocchet's staff after promoting Yogi Svejkovsky to assistant coach from skills coach

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Published Jun 10, 2024  •  2 minute read

Vancouver Canucks' coach Jason Krog in action during a pre-season skate in Burnaby, BC., on August 29, 2022. Photo by NICK PROCAYLO /PNG

The Vancouver Canucks have added Jason Krog as a skills and skating coach and he’ll work with the both big club as well as its AHL Abbotsford farm team.

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The Canucks were looking to add to head coach Rick Tocchet’s staff after promoting Yogi Svejkovsky to assistant coach from skills coach. Svejkovsky’s promotion is tied to assistant coach Mike Yeo leaving the organization to take a spot on Travis Green’s staff with the Ottawa Senators.

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Krog has been coaching in the Lower Mainland, including working with the SFU Red Leafs. He’s also been at the academy hockey level with both West Vancouver and Burnaby Winter Club.

Krog, 48, is from Fernie and played in the BCHL for the Chilliwack Chiefs under Harvey Smyl before going to the University of New Hampshire. He’s one of the best players in that program’s history, highlighted by winning the 1999 Hobey Baker as the NCAA’s top player. Krog got into 202 games in the NHL, including four games with the Canucks in 2008-09. He had 30 goals and 86 points that season for the Manitoba Moose; he had 598 points in 535 career AHL games.

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Krog has run summer skates for Canucks players in the past. Two years ago, he had a group in Burnaby that included Andrey Kuzmemko, Ilya Mikheyev, Vasily Podkolzin, Danila Klimovich, Travis Dermott and Kyle Burroughs, plus goalies Thatcher Demko, Spencer Martin, Collin Delia and Arturs Silovs.

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Canucks assistant general manager Ryan Johnson apparently helped set that up.

“We have mutual friends: He’s from Thunder Bay and my roommate at university was from Thunder Bay. We’ve known each other a while,” Krog told Postmedia back during the 2022 camp.

As well, Krog played for former Canucks coach Bruce Boudreau in the minors. Boudreau’s first coaching job in the AHL with the Lowell Lock Monsters in 1999-00. Krog was a 23-year-old on that team in his first season of pro hockey.

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“As any young player back then, I had to earn my stripes,” Krog recalled back in 2022. “(Bruce) helped me develop a lot.”

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