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Vigneault Fired by Canucks After Elimination in NHL Playoffs

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May 23 (Bloomberg) -- The Vancouver Canucks fired coach Alain Vigneault and two assistants after the team was swept by the San Jose Sharks in the National Hockey League playoffs.

The 52-year-old Vigneault, associate coach Rick Bowness and assistant coach Newell Brown were dismissed yesterday by Canucks President Michael Gillis.

The Canucks finished the regular season with a 26-15-7 record and won the Northwest Division title before losing to the Sharks in the first round of the postseason. The Canucks were 1-8 in the playoffs during the past two seasons.

“There comes a point in time where the message has to change and we have to be better,” Gillis said during a news conference. “We simply didn’t get the result we expected and, in this business, you have to get results.”

The Canucks’ career leader in coaching wins, Vigneault had a 313-170-57 regular-season record during his seven seasons in Vancouver and a 33-32 playoff record. He led the club to six division titles and an appearance in the 2011 Stanley Cup finals. He also was the Montreal Canadiens’ coach in 1997-2001.

“To work in a city with such passionate and loyal fans is a privilege,” Vigneault said on the team’s website. “I enjoyed every moment of it. 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.”

To contact the reporter on this story: Nancy Kercheval in Washington at nkercheval@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Sillup at msillup@bloomberg.net

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