Stan leaving Orca Bay

BOB MACKIN -- 24 Hours Vancouver

, Last Updated: 8:23 AM ET

Stan is no longer "The Man." But Francesco is for now.

Stanley McCammon quit as president and chief executive officer of Orca Bay Sports and Entertainment yesterday after six years in the pod.

McCammon, who worked for Orca Bay co-owner John McCaw for more than 12 years, is leaving to join Seattle-based private real estate investment company Joshua Green Corporation as its president and CEO in October.

Francesco Aquilini, who co-owns the parent company of the Vancouver Canucks and General Motors Place, will assume McCammon's duties until a replacement is hired.

Aquilini bought half the company from reclusive Seattle billionaire McCaw last November. He said Orca Bay's new boss would have to love the sport and be a student of the game with a well-rounded business background.

"We've got a great management team in place and we need someone to step in and provide leadership," said Aquilini, a Vancouver real estate developer whose interests include berry farms.

McCammon engineered the Canucks' return to profitability, though he became unpopular when he fired popular general manager Brian Burke after the 2003-2004 season. He said the Canucks are now a model professional sports franchise, despite some bumps along the way.

"At the end of the day we always realized this was one of the best markets in the NHL," McCammon said. "Maybe we didn't always do the best job of managing that to realize the value."


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