Harold back on board

BOB MACKIN -- 24 Hours Vancouver

, Last Updated: 8:20 AM ET

"Haaar-old" and "Li'l Crow" are back in the Vancouver Canucks' pod.

Harold Snepsts, one of the team's most popular blue-liners, returned yesterday as an amateur scout after a stint with the National Hockey League's central scouting bureau.

Snepsts, a 1974 Canucks' draftee, played 17 NHL seasons in Vancouver, Minnesota, Detroit and St. Louis. After retiring in 1991, he was an assistant coach with the Blues and head coached Peoria Rivermen and San Diego Gulls of the International Hockey League and Portland Winter Hawks in the Western Hockey League.

Meanwhile Eric Crawford, a younger brother of Canucks' head coach Marc Crawford, was reassigned as a pro scout after three seasons assistant coaching the Manitoba Moose, Vancouver's American Hockey League farm team.

General manager Dave Nonis also signed right-winger Mike Brown from University of Michigan and defensemen Brett Skinner from University of Denver and Prestin Ryan from the AHL's Syracuse Crunch.

Canucks drafted Brown and Skinner in 2004 and 2002, respectively. Ryan is a free agent. Meanwhile, negotiations continue with veteran forwards Matt Cooke and Jarkko Ruutu.

Training camp opens Sept. 12 at GM Place.


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