Canucks: Rachel Doerrie’s role in the coaching staff gets clarity

Doerrie’s job is to translate the wealth of data available to NHL teams into terms that are easier for players and coaches to understand.

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Rachel Doerrie, the hockey analyst hired by the Vancouver Canucks late last season, will serve as part of Bruce Boudreau’s staff this season.

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The team hasn’t officially announced it and Doerrie’s photo isn’t on the Canucks website, but Canucks head coach Bruce Boudreau brought out her name and role Monday during a talk with reporters ahead of the annual Jake Milford Charity Invitational Golf Tournament on Monday. Northview Golf and Country Club in Surrey.

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Boudreau was asked about his meetings with his new coaching staff over the past few weeks and in his response he mentioned new video coach Dylan Crawford and then Doerrie, whom he identified as Crawford’s assistant.

In addition to helping Crawford create videos, her job will be to translate the wealth of data available to the NHL teams, such as the game tracking data collected by Canucks’ analytics department itself, into terms that easier to understand for players and coaches. In the past, Jonathan Wall, and then Aiden Fox, served in a similar capacity.

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Boudreau said he really appreciates Doerrie’s insights and how she sees the game.

“She has a wealth of knowledge,” said Boudreau. “She knows a lot for her young age.”

Boudreau said Doerrie will also be in charge of the team’s Hawkeye video system, which is available for offside challenges. Because the head video coach’s duties are so focused on making in-game clips for the coaching staff, helping with the coach’s challenges in past seasons has often been in the hands of other Canucks staffers, sometimes handled by a of the PR staff when the team is on the road.

Having an assistant video coach specifically assigned to the job is a growing trend in the NHL.

Doerrie completed her master’s degree in sports science and analysis from York University earlier this year, where she also served as director of advanced performance for York’s varsity hockey teams.

She previously served as a video coach for the Sudbury Wolves and Hockey Canada and was a data analyst for the New Jersey Devils.

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