Émilie Castonguay becomes 1st female assistant GM in Canucks history | CBC Sports

The Vancouver Canucks have hired former player agent Émilie Castonguay to be assistant general manager.

She is the first female assistant GM in Canucks history.

Jim Rutherford, Vancouver’s president of hockey operations and interim GM, said in a statement Castonguay will play a lead role in player contracts and negotiations, and managing the collective bargaining agreement.

“Émilie has extensive experience, is driven to succeed, and has a strong reputation in hockey for her intelligence and work ethic,” Rutherford said in a news release.

Castonguay, who was born in Montreal, comes to the Canucks from Momentum Hockey where she became the first female NHLPA certified agent in Canada in 2016.

She has represented a number of high-level players, including Alexis Lafreniere, the first overall pick in the 2020 NHL draft.

Castonguay played four years of hockey at Niagara University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in finance. She went on to earn a law degree from the University of Montreal and is a member of the Quebec Bar Association.

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