The Boston Bruins have officially launched their search for a new head coach.
The club announced the hiring of Mike Johnston on Thursday.
He replaces Bob Hartley who announced his retirement after the season.
Johnston replaces Bob Quinn who is out at the end of the season with a heart condition.
Quinn was hired by the Chicago Blackhawks and coached them to the Stanley Cup in 2011.
Johnston has been an assistant in the NHL for five seasons and was the director of player development for the Arizona Coyotes.
He was a player development assistant for the New York Islanders for five years.
Johnston was also an assistant coach for the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2012-13.
He joined the Canucks in 2015 and coached the team to a Stanley Cup Final appearance in 2016.
Johnston played four seasons in the AHL and three with the Columbus Blue Jackets.
He played one game for the Chicago Wolves of the American Hockey League.
Johnston’s resume also includes stints with the Los Angeles Kings, Pittsburgh Penguins, Minnesota Wild and Winnipeg Jets.
The team will hire Johnston from March 5-9.
He will be paid $1 million per year.