Vigneault Fired by Canucks After Elimination in NHL Playoffs

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.”

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