After four years with the Vancouver Canucks, Trevor Linden will step away from the NHL team for “different endeavors.”
The team announced the news Wednesday with managing partner Francesco Aquilini thanking Linden for his “leadership and hard work.”
“There aren’t many individuals in sport more connected to a team and a community than Trevor is in Vancouver,” Aquilini said. “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 followed that with a statement of his own:
This team and this game hold a special place in my life and I leave very optimistic about the direction the Canucks are headed.
Most of all I am excited about the highly skilled group of prospects and young stars that we have assembled. From ownership to hockey and business operations, the club is as strong as its been in years. Above it all, I can feel our fans’ sense of hope again and I know the future for the Canucks is very bright.
I love this city and this province, and I will always have a special relationship with this team and Canucks fans. I am going to step back from the spotlight for a while and enjoy the summer with my young family.
A message from Trevor Linden…https://t.co/a6hRe5mXtn
— Vancouver Canucks (@Canucks) July 26, 2018
Along with reports on Linden’s split, there was news that there had been some disagreement among Linden and others regarding the team’s direction.
“The move is believed to be part of a buildup of growing frustration between Linden and this team’s ownership over the direction of how to continue this team’s rebuild,” TSN’s Farhan Lalji reported.
The apparently amicable split continued to raise questions.
Not sure Linden and ownership always saw eye to eye. Believe he would have stepped down if told to gas WD after his second year behind bench. #canucks
— Dan Murphy (@sportsnetmurph) July 26, 2018
Trevor Linden stepped down as president of the @Canucks. Being president of a rebuilding team in a Canadian market is not easy on anyone. From one source : he had enough.
— Rick Dhaliwal (@DhaliwalSports) July 26, 2018