VANCOUVER — Chris Brumwell never really wanted to leave the Vancouver Canucks, but when opportunity knocked he felt he had to.
Brumwell, formerly the Canucks director of media relations, left the team in late 2005 to accept a senior communications job with the 2010 Winter Olympics organizing committee (VANOC).
When the Olympics ended, Brumwell joined BC Hydro and then Lululemon in senior media relations positions. Now, he’s about to rejoin the Canucks.
He has been hired as the team’s new vice president of communications and community partnerships.
“It’s really exciting,” Brumwell said in an interview Friday. “It’s kind of an opportunity to come full circle. I have been in a wonderful place here at Lululemon and learned a lot over the past eight years and am really looking forward to coming back and joining the team.”
Brumwell begins his new job on Sept. 16 and succeeds T.C. Carling, who is leaving the Canucks to become senior vice president of communications and strategic partnerships with the Men’s Health Initiative.
It was Carling who succeeded Brumwell as media relations director of the Canucks in 2005.
“T.C. has left such an incredible legacy and set up such a great team there,” Brumwell said. “The work that he and the team did around the Hockey Talks (mental health) initiative is really ground-breaking and it’s pretty cool to be able to come in and work on something that such a good friend started.”
Some things have changed since Brumwell left the Canucks in 2005.
“Dave Nonis was the GM and Marc Crawford was the coach,” said Brumwell, who spent nine seasons with the Canucks in his first stint with the team.
There has been a Brumwell in the building since 2005, however. Chris’s father, Brian, a retired teacher, has worked as a dressing room attendant at Rogers Arena since 2005.
“Last season was his final season,” Brumwell said of his dad. “He started working in the dressing room the year that I left and continued on every season, then this year has moved back to Victoria and retired. It’s kind of a neat family connection we have been able to keep there.”
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