Originally written on Hockey Fan Land  |  Last updated 11/19/14
   The Vancouver Canucks announced on April 8 that president and general manager Mike Gillis was relieved of his duties. The NHL club made the decision to fire Gillis just a day after officially being eliminated from the Stanley Cup playoff race. Gillis had been with the team since April of 2008 when he was hired as their general manager. He was named their president a year later.    Francesco Aquilini, the chairman chairman of Canucks Sports and Entertainment, thanked Gillis for his years of hard work and leadership both on and off the ice. He released a statement which said, “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.”    Aquilini also thanked the team’s fans for their continued support throughout the frustrating and difficult 2013/14 season. He admitted that the team let them down and didn’t meet anybody’s expectations this year,...
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