Vancouver: The Vancouver Canucks fired general manager and president of hockey operations Mike Gillis on Tuesday, less than a day after the team was officially eliminated from the playoffs for the first time in six seasons. Gillis was hired in 2008, replacing Dave Nonis. Vancouver fans appeared fed up with the team’s downturn and chanted for Gillis to be fired.
Canucks announced on Wednesday that Trevor Linden has been named President, Hockey Operations and Alternate Governor, NHL.
When officially introduced as president of hockey operations for the Vancouver Canucks, Trevor Linden said “I’m passionate about the Canucks and I want to win – just like our fans. I believe in this team and share the organization’s commitment to excellence on and off of the ice.”
In his role, Linden will be responsible for all hockey operations, including the coaching and scouting staffs, player procurement and development, and minor league affiliations and operations.
Francesco Aquilini, Chairman, Canucks Sports & Entertainment said, “It’s my honor to officially welcome Trevor Linden home in his new role as President of Hockey Operations for the Canucks. We believe in Trevor’s leadership abilities.”