This comes after a rollercoaster ride of a few seasons, which ended recently with Vancouver being swept in the first round of this years Stanley Cup Finals against the San Jose Sharks.
Vancouver Canucks GM, Mike Gillis said via an issued statement:
We have made the very difficult decision to relieve Alain Vigneault, Rick Bowness and Newell Brown of their coaching duties today. Alain, Rick and Newell worked tirelessly to lead this team to great on-ice success. I am personally grateful to each of them and their families for their commitment to the Canucks and the city of Vancouver and wish them continued success in future.
Alain leaves the Canucks being the most successful coach in the clubs history.
Twitter account @strombone1 which is possibly Roberto Luongo said:
Since our 1st year when we arrived together, AV would always tell me that he’d be gone before I would. I guess he was right. Very ironic….
—Strombone (@strombone1) May 22, 2013
Something had to give. It did not start as high as I was thinking. This will of course put the spotlight on Mike Gillis and the team to perform now. However, this is just the beginning. I’m expecting more changes soon.
Mike Gillis has held a press conference. You can hear the press conference here thanks to TEAM1040.
Update – Alain Vigneault Statement
I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Aquilini family, Mike Gillis, Lorne Henning, Laurence Gilman, Stan Smyl, Victor de Bonis and the entire management, scouting, training and front office staff with the Vancouver Canucks. The past seven years have been an honour for me to coach and work for a great franchise in a wonderful Canadian city. To work in a city with such passionate and loyal fans is a privilege – I enjoyed every moment of it.
I am grateful to Dave Nonis and Steve Tambellini for the opportunity they provided me eight years ago. Over the past seven years, I have made many good friends in Vancouver and had the chance to coach quality players who cared deeply about their profession and were committed to winning. I am grateful to the players and their families for the sacrifice and dedication they showed in an effort to be the best they could be. Watching as many of our players started families, became fathers and grew as men, on and off of the ice, was equally rewarding.
To Rick Bowness, Newell Brown, Rollie Melanson and Darryl Williams – I say thank you for your tireless effort every day – I am grateful for your friendship and dedication. You should all be very proud of your achievements.
I am proud of many of the things we accomplished as a group these past seven seasons in Vancouver and only wish we were able to win the Canucks first Stanley Cup. I am a career coach and it is what I love to do. I hope to coach again in this league and will always have good memories of my time and the fans in Vancouver.
Courtesy of The Province