- Vancouver Canucks: The Canucks relieved Mike Gillis as their team President and General Manager.
“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,” said Francesco Aquilini, Chairman, Canucks Sports & Entertainment. “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.”
“I also want to thank our fans for their support for the Vancouver Canucks through a difficult and frustrating season,” continued Aquilini. “We haven’t met their expectations or ours. We are committed to bringing the Stanley Cup to Vancouver for our fans and we will continue to do everything possible to reach that goal.”
- Mike Halford: Two years, nine months and 17 days ago, Mike Gillis was named the NHL’s GM of the Year.
- Gillis was named the Canucks GM on April 23rd, 2008, taking over from Dave Nonis.