Yesterday, Mike Gillis took a bold step into his rapidly shortening future as GM of the Vancouver Canucks by firing head coach Alain Vigneault. Of course, Vigneault had already been fired a couple of hours beforehand by hockey media on the other side of the country, and the whole thing went as suavely as a Grade 8 breakup, complete with phone rumours. But Gillis eventually finished the job, and the next glorious chapter in Canucks history opened with the removal of the winningest coach the organization has ever known.
Once considered one of the NHL’s model franchises, the Vancouver Canucks have started to look more like Team Shitshow over the past few months.
Things might have reached their apex today with the firing of head coach Alain Vigneault. The most successful coach in franchise history was informed that he was being let go at 2:15 p.m. PT. The only problem was that news outlets including the Straight announced that Vigneault had been fired just after 1 p.m. PT.
Two of the world’s most successful and storied sports organizations are teaming up to add a second professional soccer team in New York City.
Major League Baseball’s New York Yankees and English Premier League club Manchester City FC will jointly manage the 20th member of North America’s Major League Soccer, according to an announcement by MLS commissioner Don Garber on Tuesday (May 21).
The New York City Football Club will join future crosstown rivals New York Red Bulls for the 2015 season. The two teams reportedly paid $100 million to acquire the expansion franchise, a deal that was in the works for three years, Garber said.
The best soccer player in the 2010 World Cup, Uruguayan striker Diego Forlán, has expressed an interest in playing for North America’s Major League Soccer.
During an interview for radio station Sport 890 in Uruguay on Thursday (May 16), Forlán, who won the Golden Boot award at the most recent World Cup, said he doesn’t discount the possibility of playing in North America: "I would like to go to MLS…I have been there on holiday many times. It is a country I like a lot and would love to go there."
The 2013 Investors Group Stars on Ice presented by Lindt ended its tour at Rogers Arena in Vancouver on May 10, 2013.
Here are a selection of photos from the evening from photographer Andrew Chin.
Vancouver Canucks general manager Mike Gillis sat down with the media today to chew over the big, gristly question facing his organization this week: what in God’s name happened?
On Tuesday night in San Jose, the Canucks were sentenced to five months of yoga and Home Depot shopping trips. This was supposed to be a team with an outside shot at the Stanley Cup, not a four-game warmup partner for the Sharks.
So what, in the opinion of the five-year GM, was the problem? And more important to the club’s frustrated fanbase: what’s the solution?
The DOXA Documentary Film Festival presents Two Nil at The Cinematheque (1131 Howe Street) on Sunday (May 12) at noon.
Two Nil is a feature-length documentary from the Czech Republic by Pavel Abrahám. The film looks at bad behaviour in European football arenas, including bad manners, racism, and xenophobia. Abrahám uses 22 cameras to capture football fans seated in both the nosebleed sections and the more exclusive areas.
Two Nil was nominated for three Czech Lion Academy Awards, and this is the Canadian premiere of the film.
Despite being one of those things you missed if you blinked, it was one of the most hilarious moments of the 2013 National Hockey League playoffs—right up there with the Toronto Maple Leafs losing to the Boston Bruins in overtime in Game 4.
There are things you learn to accept when you are unlucky enough to be a fan of the Vancouver Canucks.
The first and biggest one is that God hates the team that you stupidly root for year after year. How else do you explain 42 years of abject fucking failure? And, no, the three fruitless cup runs and various president's trophies don't count for anything. They only pour Sifto salt into a gaping wound. Even during those rare years when the team has been great, Vancouver has never won the cup, and probably never will.
The second one is that the rest of Canada hates Vancouver's most-loved team. Which, quite frankly, is no big deal. Hands up if you'd rather do a pub crawl with Brad Marchand and Matt Cooke than watch the Toronto Maple Leafs escape the first round.
It's time for the Vancouver Canucks to practise their golf swings as coach Alain Vigneault and general manager Mike Gillis ponder their future.
For the second straight year, the Northwest Division leaders have been eliminated in the first round of the playoffs.
This time, it came at the hands of the San Jose Sharks, who won all four games of their quarter-final series against the Canucks.
Last year, the Stanley Cup–winning Los Angeles Kings disposed of Vancouver in five games.
Tonight, Patrick Marleau scored the game winner at 13:18 of overtime in a 4-3 victory over the Canucks.
It came after a boarding call against Daniel Sedin.
For the second game of the series, Vancouver blew a third-period lead.