Bo Horvat was caught making inflammatory comments after a triumphant 4-0 New York Islanders win over the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday. Horvat was being interviewed and was asked about how excited he was about the possibility of playing in the playoffs this year, as well as the excitement of the fans in New York.
Horvat responded by saying “Yeah, I mean it’s been unbelievable… A lot better than in Vancouver. I can tell you that for free.” Horvat’s comments come across as someone that doesn’t reminisce over an ex-girlfriend. Horvat, however, has good reason for his disdain for the Vancouver Canucks and their fans.
Vancouver in Peril
On October 22nd, in the Canucks home opener, fans booed the team for much of the 3rd period in a loss to the Buffalo Sabres. The Canucks were off to a slow start on the season and fans grew restless with the teams performance and effort levels.
On January 24th, 2023, new Canucks coach Rick Tocchet’s introduction came with mixed fan reaction. At the end of the game fans had thrown a Bo Horvat jersey on the ice. A week after the incident Horvat was traded to the New York Islanders.
As the former Canucks captain’s words gained notoriety overnight, Horvat spoke to reporters the following day and apologized to Canucks fans.
“I wasn’t obviously expecting that. It was kind of a heat of the moment thing. I didn’t mean any disrespect to the fans of Vancouver or my teammates or the city of Vancouver at all. It wasn’t directed at them at all,” Horvat told reporters.
“The [Islanders] fans were all excited, and I was excited to be in a playoff push. It was just kind of one of those things where my emotions got the best of me. I was just really happy to be there, to be honest with you.”
“It might have come out the wrong way to a lot of people, so I apologize for that. I’m just excited to be in this position right now, to be in a playoff push, to be right there. I really enjoyed my time in Vancouver; I’m not trying to disrespect them at all.”
Horvat concluded the apology by saying “I’m sorry if it offended anybody, but I’m really happy to be in this position right now. I’m really happy to be here, and I just wanted to express that.”