Canucks followers had been lower than enthused after they welcomed new head coach Rick Tocchet to his first recreation at Rogers Arena on Tuesday. (Getty Images)
It’s been an unsightly few weeks for the Vancouver Canucks, and followers aren’t letting the staff off the hook simply but, whilst they usher in a brand new period.
Following a entrance workplace cleaning soap opera that culminated within the overdue firing of head coach Bruce Boudreau, the Canucks took on the Chicago Blackhawks with new bench boss Rick Tocchet at Rogers Arena on Tuesday.
Canucks followers welcomed Tocchet to his new residence with boos, maybe directed extra in direction of the entrance workplace and their mismanagement of the teaching scenario than the 58-year-old’s arrival.
The bitter response didn’t finish there, although, with a fan throwing a jersey onto the ice, solely three minutes into the sport and the rating nonetheless tied at 0-0.
Vancouver entered the primary intermission down a objective after Patrick Kane scored his ninth of the season with simply over two minutes left within the interval.
Tocchet was introduced because the twenty first head coach in franchise historical past on Sunday, hours after the staff parted methods with veteran Boudreau, who had crammed in behind the bench in December 2021 after taking on for Travis Green.
Through 46 video games, Boudreau and the Canucks limped to a 18-25-3 report, and are sitting in sixth place within the Pacific Division, 20 factors out of a wild card spot.
Tocchet final coached within the NHL with the Arizona Coyotes between 2017 and 2021, going 125-131-34 and making the Stanley Cup playoffs solely as soon as. He additionally spent two years teaching the Tampa Bay Lightning between 2008 and 2010, and hung out as an assistant coach with the Colorado Avalanche and Pittsburgh Penguins, the place he received back-to-back championships in 2016 and 2017.
As a participant, the Scarborough, ON., native appeared in 1,144 profession NHL video games spanning over 18 seasons, scoring 440 targets, registering 952 factors and accumulating 2,970 penalty minutes. The four-time All-Star received the Stanley Cup with the Penguins in 1992.
Prior to accepting the Canucks job, Tocchet was working as an analyst with the NHL on TNT.
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