Regime change complete: Canucks fire assistant GMs Gilman and Henning


The Canucks announced today that assistant GMs Laurence Gilman and Lorne Henning, as well as director of player personnel Eric Crawford, have been relieved of their duties.

“On behalf of our entire organization I would like to sincerely thank Laurence, Lorne and Eric for their commitment and dedication to the Vancouver Canucks,” said club president Trevor Linden in a statement. “They have been important members of our staff for a long time and made significant contributions to the success of this team. Further still, they are great people and respected members of the hockey community.”

Gilman and Henning were hired together in 2008 to work under then-new GM Mike Gillis.

Gilman was an especially popular and prominent figure during his time with the club. Best known as the Canucks’ “capologist,” he was kept on when Gillis was fired and replaced with Jim Benning.

But after a season of transition, the new regime — Linden, Benning, and VP of player personnel John Weisbrod — is on its own now, for better or worse.

“We have made some difficult decisions to our roster and staff recently after a thorough review of the team,” said Linden. “These are not easy decisions, nor were they taken lightly. But they’re important as we transition this team and build for the future.”

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