Canucks hire Trevor Linden as new president of hockey operations

Fitzgerald Cecilio – 4E Sports Reporter

Vancouver, BC, Canada (4E Sports) – The Vancouver Canucks have picked Trevor Linden as their new president of hockey operations, replacing Mike Gillis.

The move came a day after the Canucks fired Gillis as general manager and head of hockey operations. Vancouver is 35-33-11 this season and will miss the playoffs.

“Today is a real honor,” said Linden, who played 16 seasons for Vancouver, including seven as team captain. “I came to Vancouver 26 years ago and I have never left. I love this city. It is my home and the Canucks have always been part of my family.”

“I’m passionate about the Canucks and I want to win — just like our fans. I believe in this team and share the organization’s commitment to excellence on and off of the ice,” he added.

Linden said he’s “looking forward to getting started, getting to know everyone in the organization, and working together to win the Stanley Cup for this great city and Province.”

Linden also served as president of the NHL Players’ Association from 1998 to 2006.

“It’s my honor to officially welcome Trevor Linden home in his new role as president of hockey operations for the Canucks,” Canucks Sports & Entertainment chairman Francesco Aquilini said.

“We believe in Trevor’s leadership abilities. His 20 years of NHL experience including seven as team captain, his role as NHLPA president, community leader and businessman offers a very special skill set; one that will positively shape the direction of this club in the future,” Aquilini added.

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