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Gillis’ daughter: Criticism was hard to ignore

Jul 25, 2014, 6:17 PM EDT

Mike Gillis AP

The Vancouver Canucks have endured more than their fair share of disappointment over the past few years and much of the frustration and criticism over that was directed to now fired general manager Mike Gillis.

As the guy tasked with running the team, it’s to be expected that he will be assigned the brunt of the blame whenever something goes wrong, but it was still difficult for his daughter and Canada’s women’s field hockey team captain, Kate Gillis, to block it all out.

“I think it’s always hard for people to say those things about your father. With the Internet these days, you can just have a free-for-all,” she told the Canadian Press. “It’s tough to kind of differentiate between the truth and the fiction, but I just keep my head down. He definitely doesn’t let us get affected, but in the long run it’s hard.

“It’s your dad.”

In a way, Kate is part of the reason her father worked for the Canucks in the first place. She was scouted by the national field hockey team when she was 17, but that meant moving from Kingston, Ontario to Vancouver. Her parents didn’t like the idea of her making that journey on her own at that age, so they moved with her.

The elder Gillis, who a player agent at the time, only intended of staying in Vancouver for a year, but he ended up sticking there because of his job with the Canucks. With that chapter of his life over, Gillis has been able to spend more time watching his daughter’s career. He’ll be able to stick around for the entire field hockey tournament at the Commonwealth Games, which is something he might not have been able to do otherwise.

“It was a very difficult circumstance when it happened but now we’re seeing him more relaxed, he has more time, and he’s able to capitalize on these sort of events,” Kate Gillis said.

  1. tomas3345 - Jul 25, 2014 at 6:22 PM

    is she hot?

    • esracerx46 - Jul 25, 2014 at 8:24 PM

      Meh. Not a Paulina Gretzky. But not bad.

  2. quinner17 - Jul 25, 2014 at 6:53 PM

    Get over it, your dad made a ton of money. He was terrible at it but that’s the business

    • hockeyflow33 - Jul 25, 2014 at 8:42 PM

      I don’t understand why you think that it makes sense for a child to understand why people are saying bad things about their parents but okay.

      • nothanksimdriving123 - Jul 25, 2014 at 11:02 PM

        Flow, FWIW, the “child” in question is 24 years old.

      • dueman - Jul 25, 2014 at 11:06 PM

        Maybe because she’s not a child, just saying….At 25 years old, she’s old enough to understand that her Dad didn’t do a very good job with the Canucks. Obviously she is not expected to like it, but I’m sure that she understands where a lot of the criticism comes from…

      • hockeyflow33 - Jul 26, 2014 at 12:49 AM

        Read what the knuckle draggers write about bad GMs and tell me you’d be okay with that being said about one of your family members.

  3. rushledger - Jul 25, 2014 at 7:55 PM

    Pay me what he got paid and I will take that level of criticism. It does suck for their family sure, but some of the moves he made were terrible.

  4. blomfeld - Jul 26, 2014 at 12:45 AM

    FU KATE !

    Friends, what’s truly ‘pathetic’ here is the utter silence from the Canuckle faithful who remain tight-lipped, despite the ‘insidious’ damage which this human ‘loser’ has inflicted upon the Vancouver organization in going forward … trust me friends, for were this to be LA, then suffice it to say that Gillis would be ‘no more’ ! … :)

    GO KINGS GO !!! … TODAY, TOMORROW AND FOREVER !!!!!!!!!!!!!! :) :) :)

  5. canada2014gold - Jul 26, 2014 at 2:24 AM

    We trashed the guy enough, plus time to move on. He made good moves and bad ones but obviously he did some things right because we made it to game 7 in the SCF. He deserves credit for that in my opinion but obviously it was time for a new direction. Best of luck to him though.

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