All fans of the Boston Bruins were aware of the arrogance of the Vancouver Canucks during the 2011 Stanley Cup Final. The team & their fans thought the series was all but over after their Game Two victory. However, no one was oozing with more confidence than now former GM Mike Gillis.
James Dunthie of TSN recently shared this story:
Quick story: at the Cup Final, Vancouver wins the first two games in Vancouver. We go to Boston. We have our crew meal out at this Italian restaurant in Boston, so everybody. There’s like 30 people there. The cameramen, everybody.
Gillis and Aquilini happen to come into the same restaurant and they pop into the back room with us.
Aquilini barely said a word. Really nice — he bought several $500 bottle of wine. He bought a $2000 bottle of tequila that was spread around our crew, and he sat there, and Mike Gillis basically sat there and talked about how he built a champion.
And I sat there at that moment, like, listening to him — they were very nice — but, there was… Mike Gillis talked like he’d already won the Stanley Cup.
And I walked out of there going, man, if they lose this, like, he really thinks they’ve won the Stanley Cup. And Aquilini, the way he’s throwing around the booze — again, really nice guy, thank you, I appreciated the shot, my $400 shot of tequila or whatever it was — but they were acting like champions already.
Any surprise that the Canucks arrogance came to bite them right in the hind quarters?
Mike Gillis built this culture in Vancouver and it backfired in the worst way since they fell to the Bruins in 2011.
They won ONE single playoff game.
Gillis got rid of BOTH of his “franchise” goaltenders.
Karma is a B*TCH, it cost Mike Gillis his job & rightfully so.