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Vancouver Canucks Fire Head Coach Willie Desjardins

Willie Desjardins Named New Head Coach Of The Vancouver Canucks

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The Vancouver Canucks have relieved head coach Willie Desjardins of his duties, along with assistant coaches Doug Lidster and Perry Pearn.

The Canucks General Manager Jim Benning made the announcement earlier this morning.


“We made a very difficult decision to relieve Willie Desjardins of his duties as head coach today,” said Benning in a release. “It’s been a challenging season and we all share responsibility for the results however, we felt this change was necessary as we continue to develop a young team and look ahead to the future. We’re grateful to Willie, Doug, Perry and each of their families for their dedication and hard work and wish them every success.”

Willie Desjardins was hired as head coach in June 2014, replacing John Tortorella.


Vancouver finished the 2016-17 season with two back-to-back losses to the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday and Sunday. The disappointing season saw the team garner a total of 69 points – the lowest since 1999.

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