Trevor Linden, Vancouver’s President of Hockey Operations, is stepping down from his post, the team announced. Team owner and managing partner Francesco Aquilini released the following statement:
“There aren’t many individuals in sport more connected to a team and a community than Trevor is in Vancouver. 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 joined the Canucks’ front office back in April of 2014 and hired Jim Benning as Vancouver’s general manager shortly thereafter. It was his first front office job and raised some eyebrows as first-time executives are seldom installed in that role.
The 48-year-old was a mainstay with Vancouver as a player as well, playing in 1,140 games over parts of 16 seasons with the Canucks and collected 733 points in that span. Even though Linden later released a statement of his own on Vancouver’s team site, it is not known exactly why he stepped down although the press release indicated that he intends to pursue other endeavours and that the split was amicable.