Horvat walks back his comments from Saturday about his former club

Published April 11, 2023 at 11:06

After a massive 4-0 win on Saturday night that helped the New York Islanders inch closer to booking a spot in the 2023 Stanley Cup Playoffs, Bo Horvat was interviewed and took a shot the city he called home for parts of nine seasons.

"It's a lot better than Vancouver, I'll tell you that for free." Horvat said.

Horvat's comments obviously caused a lot of uproar, especially in Vancouver and among their fanbase on Twitter, but on Monday, the 28-year-old expanded on his comments and added that he didn't mean any disrespect by what he said.

"I obviously wasn't 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 city of Vancouver at all. It wasn't directed at them at all." Horvat explained.

It's easy to see both sides of the equation here. For fans of the Vancouver Canucks, Horvat's comments can be viewed as hurtful and tasteless, especially after he spent nearly a decade as part of the organization including as captain for the last few seasons of his tenure in British Columbia.

But from Horvat's side, his team just secured a big two points, with him playing a key role by picking up a pair of assists. His interview was on the Islanders' bench following the game, while the entire sold out crowd at UBS Arena looked on and it's clear that his emotions got the best of him in the moment.

While Horvat is hoping that this is the last he'll need to discuss the topic, there's no doubt this will be in the back of the mind for many Canucks fans as he makes his return to Vancouver at some point during the 2023-24 season.

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Horvat walks back his comments from Saturday about his former club

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