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May 22, 2013 | 3:37pm ET
Canucks fire coach Vigneault, assistants
TheFourthPeriod.com

The Vancouver Canucks have fired head coach Alain Vigneault, TFP has learned.

Assistant coaches Rick Bowness and Newell Brown have also been relieved of their duties.

Vigneault became the 16th Head Coach in Canucks history on June 20, 2006. During his tenure, he led the Canucks to two Presidents Trophies, a Stanley Cup Final appearance, and six Northwest Division titles and post-season berths in all seven seasons with the club.

Vigneault, the franchise leader in regular-season wins as a head coach, was presented with the Jack Adams Award as NHL Coach of the Year at the 2007 NHL Awards in Toronto.

"We have made the very difficult decision to relieve Alain Vigneault, Rick Bowness and Newell Brown of their coaching duties today," said Canucks President and GM Mike Gillis. "Alain, Rick and Newell worked tirelessly to lead this team to great on-ice success. I am personally grateful to each of them and their families for their commitment to the Canucks and the city of Vancouver and wish them continued success in future."

He was the coach of the Canucks' AHL affiliate, the Manitoba Moose, before jumping on with the Canucks.

Prior to joining the Canucks' organization, he served as head coach of the Montreal Canadiens from 1997-2001, becoming the organization's second youngest coach in club history at the age of 36.

The Canucks will begin their search for a new head coach as early as this week.


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