Vancouver Canucks owner Francesco Aquilini is serious about making it to the Stanley Cup. With changes to management including Jim Benning as general manager and Trevor Linden as president of hockey operations, the team may have a chance to get there this coming season.
Aquilini stated, “Winning a Stanley Cup is everything. If you don’t want to win the Stanley Cup, you shouldn’t own a team. I’m learning about the ups and downs of the business and realize the success of the hockey team is not in my control.”
With the little control Aquilini believe’s he has, relying on men such as Benning and Linden will be imminent. In addition, new head coach Willie Desjardins will be an intricate part of the development of the team.
“We just want Trevor to be what he is and who he is and leave it with him to put the best product possible on the ice,” Aquilini said.
Aquilini bought 50 percent of the Canucks back in September of 2004. Originally anticipating a 20 percent buy, he ended up accepting the 50 percent deal on the same day that NHL commissioner Gary Bettman announced the cancelling of the 2004-05 campaign. Unfortunate timing, Acquilini had this to say about the experience:
“We originally were talking about buying 20 per cent. Then we got a call from Mr. McCaw’ offering us 50 per cent. One thing led to another and the day we were in the lawyer’s office signing the documents for 50 per cent, I remember hearing a news bulletin on the big television screen behind me announcing that NHL commissioner Gary Bettman was canceling the 2004-2005 season. Looking back, I guess you could say it was a bittersweet moment.”
The Canucks definitely have the ability to change things up and revert back to the Stanley Cup contenders they once were.
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