Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Canucks' Alain Vigneault's 'Firing Statement'

Canucks Head Coach Alain Vigneault took the fall for the Vancouver Canucks' playoff failures the past couple of seasons.  Upon being released from his post after seven seasons, the former Canucks' bench boss offered the following statement.

"I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Acquilini family, Mike Gillis, Lorne Henning, Laurence Gillman, Victor Debonis, Stan Smyl and the entire, coaching, training and front office staff of the Vancouver Canucks. 

The past 7 years have been an honour for me to coach and work for a great franchise in a wonderful Canadian city.  To work in a city with such passionate and loyal fans is a privilege – I enjoyed every moment of it.  I’d like to thank Dave Nonis and Steve Tambellini for the opportunity they provided me 8 years ago.  Over the past 7 years I have made many good friends in Vancouver, and had the chance to coach quality players who care deeply about their commitment to winning.  I am grateful to the players and their families for the sacrifice and dedication they showed to be the best they could be.  I saw many of the players start families, become fathers, and grew as men on and off the ice was equally rewarding. 

To Rick Bowness and Newell Brown, Rollie Melanson and Darrell Williams I thank you for your tireless effort every day and am grateful for your friendship and dedication, you should all be very proud of your achievements.  I am proud of the many things we accomplished as a group in my seven seasons in Vancouver, and only wish we were able to win the Canucks first Stanley Cup.  I am a career coach, it is what I love to do, I hope to coach again in this league and I will always have good memories of my time and the fans of Vancouver."

- Alain Vigneault

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