The first Canadian casualty following the Canucks’ embarrassing exit from World Cup qualifying has been claimed, and to no one’s surprise it is head coach Stephen Hart.
Hart resigned as Canada’s coach on Thursday afternoon, two days after witnessing his team get dismantled, 8-1, at the hands of Honduras in a match the Canucks only needed a draw from in order to advance to the Hexagonal round of qualifying. Their now-infamous loss in San Pedro Sula, which was the worst by a Canada side in almost 20 years, extended a damning streak that has not seen the Canadians advance to the final round of CONCACAF qualifying since 1997.
The 52-year-old Hart may have ended his time with Canada in one of the worst ways imaginable but he still is the coach with the best win percentage in team history, finishing with a 20-15-10 record.
He had served the Canucks on an interim basis several times before being appointed head coach on a permanent basis in 2009.
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