When Mike Gillis was hired as the general manager of the Vancouver Canucks, he immediately expressed an agenda to build a organization with integrity and character throughout. He worked to change the culture inside the dressing room, seeking players with positive reputations and a commitment to community-building. Outside the dressing room, he did the same, stressing an organization that valued its players, and recognized and honoured the division between hockey and personal life. There is no greater example of this than the case of Manny Malhotra, whose devastating eye injury and subsequent recovery has been perfectly handled by the Canucks organization.

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In the preview to the Champions League Final I said that greatness beckoned for either Barcelona as a team or Sir Alex Ferguson as a manager. In the end it was the former who siezed their place in history thanks to a game that, as is so rarely the case, lived up to the hype. When [...]

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