Press Box: Canucks give coach Vigneault a contract extension

The Sports Xchange
The SportsXchange


Even though the Vancouver Canucks were eliminated from the playoffs in the first round this season, they announced Wednesday that they have signed coach Alain Vigneault to a two-year contract extension.
"Alain has established himself as one of the premiere coaches in the National Hockey League," Canucks general manager Mike Gillis said. "He has demonstrated a commitment to winning that has led to back-to-back Presidents' Trophies and we are confident his dedication and hard work will continue to yield positive results. Alain has built a foundation of winning with this franchise and I feel he can continue to build on that foundation to achieve our ultimate goal."
In six seasons as Vancouver's coach, Vigneault has a record of 287-155-50.
The Canucks had the best regular-season record in the NHL this season, but lost in the opening round of the playoffs to the Los Angeles Kings in five games.
The team got to the Stanley Cup finals last year before losing to the Boston Bruins.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL
---Former UCLA player Reeves Nelson is expected to file a $10 million lawsuit against Sports Illustrated and staff writer George Dohrmann because of an article published last March that portrayed Nelson as a cancer inside the program, according to CBSSports.com
The lawsuit includes statements from 18 UCLA players and ex-players who deny allegation made against Nelson, according to TMZ.com. Attorney Keith Fink told TMZ.com he can prove Dohrmann "recklessly and negligently failed to investigate the claims in the article."

MISCELLANEOUS
---A graduating senior at a Fort Myers, Fla. high school was disciplined for "Tebowing" prior to receiving his diploma on Saturday.
Chuck Shriner, explained that he made a $5 bet with a classmate, took a knee and bowed his head in the prayer pose of New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow during Bishop Verot Catholic High's graduation ceremony.
School principal John Cavell and Shriner's mother, a math teacher at the school, weren't amused. According to WPTV, Cavell withheld the diploma at the urging of Shriner's mother.
Shriner cleaned up the gymnasium where the graduation ceremony was held in order to receive the diploma. A spokesman said his mother proposed the punishment.

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