Roger Neilson and Harry Neale | Coach and GM
Assistant Roger Nielson, a Hall of Fame innovator whose statue stands outside Rogers Arena, became the Canucks’ bench boss in March 1982 after Harry Neale was suspended for taking a swing at a fan in Quebec. When the team got hot, Neale, who’d coached it for nearly four full seasons, became GM. Nielson led the Canucks to their first Stanley Cup Final, famously starting a fan tradition by waving a white towel on a stick to protest the officiating during the conference final vs. Chicago. Neale was noted for his witticisms, including this gem: “Last season we couldn’t win at home. This season we can’t win on the road. My failure as a coach is I can’t think of any place else to play.

source: Sports Illustrated 3 years ago with 2 notes
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