The Vancouver Canucks have hired Willie Desjardins as their new head coach.

Desjardins becomes the 18th head coach in club history.

"Willie Desjardins has won at every level and we believe he'll be an excellent fit as we strive to return to the playoffs and build with youth for long-term success," said general manager Jim Benning in a statement. "Willie is a great teacher, motivator and communicator; his teams have competed with a style of play we believe will help us compete in our division and in the playoffs. With Willie's leadership behind the bench we look forward to bringing back this team's winning qualities and our fans' passion and excitement for the Canucks."

Desjardins, 58, has served as the Texas Stars head coach for the past two seasons, following a three-year stint as an assistant coach with Dallas, and just wrapped a 4-1 series win over the St. John's IceCaps to capture the Calder Cup.