The Vancouver Canucks on Sunday fired head coach Bruce Boudreau midway into the 2022-23 season.
The Canucks were 18-25-3 at the start of the day. The team had lost seven of their last eight games and their only win came in the final against the Carolina Cubs last weekend. Vancouver lost to the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday.
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Canucks assistant coach Trent Cull was also relieved of his duties.
“We want to express our sincere thanks to Bruce and Trent for their contributions to this organization,” Canucks general manager Patrik Allvin said in a statement. “We are grateful for their commitment and we wish them nothing but the best going forward.
Vancouver hired Rick Tocchet to replace Boudreau. Adam Foote was named assistant coach and Sergei Gonchar was hired as defensive development coach.
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“Rick Tocchet brings a wealth of knowledge to this team from both a coach and player perspective,” Allvin said. “He has more than twenty years of coaching experience, leading teams of different styles. As a player, he has shown a high level of character, grit and intensity, while recording great offensive numbers.
“We are also excited about the additions of Adam Foote and Sergei Gonchar to our coaching staff. Both have enjoyed long, successful playing careers as NHL defensemen and together they provide a wide range of expertise on both sides of the puck. They bring a championship pedigree to the organization and we look forward to welcoming them to Vancouver.”
Boudreau was hired in the middle of last season. He led the Canucks to a 32-15-10 record in 57 games and stayed through the first 46 games of this season.
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Tocchet’s last time coaching in the NHL was during the 2020-21 season with the Arizona Coyotes. He has a career record of 125-131-34.