In a statement issued by the Canucks Sports and Entertainment just before noon, it revealed its decision to have fired the president and general manager of the Vancouver Canucks Mike Gillis. In the press conference, the owner, Francesco Aquilini, stated that “on behalf of my entire family, I would like to sincerely thank Mike Gillis for his hard work and the many contributions he made on and off the ice during his tenure.” He added that “the Vancouver Canucks had success under Mike’s leadership, and we nearly reached our ultimate goal, but I believe we have reached a point where a change in leadership and new voice is needed.”
53-year-old Gillis took charge almost six years ago, succeeding Dave Nonis. Under his supervision, the team won five consecutive division titles, two Presidents’ Trophies and reached the Stanley Cup Final in 2011, losing in Game 7 to the Boston Bruins. However, since that Boston series, the Canucks have been able to win just one playoff game in the past two seasons and missed the playoffs this season. The team was officially eliminated from the 2014 playoffs after a lacklustre 3-0 loss to the Anaheim Ducks.