The Vancouver Canucks have announced that Trevor Linden is leaving his role as President of Hockey Operations. The team announced that they have amicably agreed to part ways.
“There aren’t many individuals in sport more connected to a team and a community than Trevor is in Vancouver,” said Canucks owner Francesco Aquilini. “The Canucks are entering an exciting new era thanks in large part to Trevor’s leadership and hard work. I thank Trevor for all of his accomplishments and I am confident that Jim Benning and his staff will continue that momentum in the months ahead.”
Linden served in this role since he was hired on April 9, 2014, shortly after Mike Gillis was fired. One of his first moves was hiring Jim Benning as General Manager.
“I would like to thank Trevor for the opportunity he gave me and my family,” said Benning. “I have thoroughly enjoyed working and learning from Trevor over the past four years. We still have lots of work to do, but I am proud of what we have built together so far in Vancouver.”
In a media release, the Canucks say that Linden is leaving the organization to “pursue different endeavours.”
One of the most popular players in franchise history, Linden’s reign as President wasn’t nearly as successful. After making the playoffs in his first season in charge, the Canucks have been the worst team in the NHL over the past three seasons.