Canucks caught up in high-profile divorce
The Vancouver Canucks have become caught in the middle during the high-profile divorce proceedings of one of the team's owners.
Businessman Francesco Aquilini and his wife Taliah are splitting up after about 20 years of marriage. Taliah Aquilini was granted an order on Friday that allows her to demand a precise value for all of her husband's holdings.
During the lifetime of the marriage, Francesco Aquilini and his family have built an empire worth billions of dollars, including real estate holdings, agriculture and the Canucks -- estimated by Forbes magazine to be worth about $300 million.
Aquilini told CTV News that he's disappointed that his marriage is ending and promised that the divorce won't end with a split in the Canucks' ownership.
"With the Canucks, it will be business as usual and the team will continue to operate," he said.
The section 57 order granted to Taliah Aquilini says that the pair has no reasonable prospect of getting back together. The couple will return to court on April 3.
With a report from CTV British Columbia's Jon Woodward