UTICA, N.Y. (WUTR/WFXV/WPNY) – Former Utica Comets bench boss Trent Cull has been promoted in the Vancouver Canucks organization, rising to an assistant with the NHL team after coaching the team’s AHL affiliate, the Abbotsford Canucks, to a playoff appearance in 2021-22.

Cull headed the Utica Comets when they were the American Hockey League affiliate of the Canucks from 2017 to 2021, leading the team to a 122-93 overall record in four seasons and a playoff appearance in 2017-18. Cull moved with the Canucks AHL relocation, remaining the head coach of their affiliate after it’s move from Utica to Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada. The Abbotsford Canucks went 39-23-5-1 with Cull at the helm in 2021-22.

The promotion of Cull to the coaching staff in Vancouver is one of a few moves made by the organization today. Former Associate Coach Brad Shaw left to organization to take that same role with the Philadelphia Flyers, Cull and Mike Yeo were added to the staff as Assistant Coaches and former Chicago Blackhawks Head Coach Jeremy Colliton takes over as the Head Coach in Abbotsford.

Cull joins head coach Bruce Boudreau as a defensive coach, becoming part of a staff that carried Vancouver to a 5th place finish in the NHL’s Western Conference Pacific Division, just behind the Vegas Golden Knights.