The Vancouver Canucks have fired head coach Bruce Boudreau and assistant coach Trent Cull, it was announced on Sunday.
Rick Tocchet has been hired as the 21st head coach of the team, with Adam Foote and Sergei Gonchar joining him. Foote will serve as assistant coach while Gonchar will be a defensive development coach.
The move comes less than 14 months after Boudreau was first hired. The Canucks are 18-25-3 through 46 games in 2022-23, sitting sixth in the Pacific Division and 27th in the league.
On Friday, fans broke out into a myriad of chants in support of Boudreau and defenceman Tyler Myers said the “mindset and the mood got to us” during their 4-1 loss to the Colorado Avalanche, Vancouver’s sixth in seven games.
Earlier in the day, an emotional Boudreau politely ended his news conference with reporters when asked what coaching in the NHL meant to him as rumours of his job security continued to swirl.