VANCOUVER – Vancouver Canucks general manager Mike Gillis is more concerned about his team beating the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday than where he watches Game 6 of the NHL playoffs.
The game will be played at the United Center in Chicago (CBC, 7:30 p.m. ET).
Gillis and other members of Vancouver’s front office staff traded verbal barbs with Blackhawk fans during the Canucks’ 7-2 loss in Game 4 Tuesday night in Chicago.
The Vancouver staff were sitting in a booth close to the fans because television outlets covering the Western Conference quarter-final series were occupying the suites usually reserved for visiting team officials.
Vancouver officials have requested they be moved to another booth, away from the fans.
“I will deal with that when we get there,” Gillis said Friday, prior to the Canucks flying to Chicago.
“It’s not an issue for me.”
The Canucks lead the best-of-seven series 3-2.
Victor de Bonis, the Canucks chief operating officer, said he hopes other seating arrangements can be made.
“We have had some discussions around relocating, in terms of the proximity of the fans there,” he said. “We’re not sure where that’s at.
“I’m sure it will get sorted out.”
Some of the comments made toward the Vancouver staff were obscene, but Gillis managed to laugh them off.
“Their fans are passionate,” he said. “Our fans our passionate.
“There is a lot of competition out on the ice and people get excited about it. It’s fine with me.”
The Chicago fans have some history with the Canucks.
Tom Larscheid, the former Canuck radio colour analyst, used to banter with Hawk supporters. He also would supply them with programs and game notes.