Los Angeles (AFP) - The NHL's Vancouver Canucks fired coach Willie Desjardins on Monday, a day after they finished in last place in their division.
In their third season under Desjardins, the Canucks amassed a total of 69 points -- second fewest in the NHL behind Colorado.
"We made a very difficult decision to relieve Willie Desjardins of his duties as head coach today," Canucks general manager Jim Benning said on Monday.
"It's been a challenging season and we all share responsibility for the results however, we felt this change was necessary as we continue to develop a young team and look ahead to the future."
Desjardins, 60, replaced John Tortorella following the 2013-14 season and guided the Canucks to a 101-point season and a playoff berth in his first year.
Vancouver amassed only 75 points in the 2015-16 campaign and plummeted after winning their first four games of the just-concluded regular season.