Photos: Francesco Aquilini gives back at Templeton school's Boys Club Network

 

Francesco Aquilini, owner of the Vancouver Canucks, generates controversy, collects ex-wives, parties hard and does business harder. But through a door that opened to his past growing up on the city's east side, Aquilini shows vulnerable boys his softer side.

 
 
 
 
<div id="page1">Canucks owner and businessman Francesco Aquilini outside his childhood home at the corner of Slocan and Oxford streets in Vancouver, April 3, 2013.</div>
 

Canucks owner and businessman Francesco Aquilini outside his childhood home at the corner of Slocan and Oxford streets in Vancouver, April 3, 2013.

Photograph by: Jason Payne, PNG

 
<div id="page1">Canucks owner and businessman Francesco Aquilini outside his childhood home at the corner of Slocan and Oxford streets in Vancouver, April 3, 2013.</div>
Canucks owner and businessman Francesco Aquilini outside his childhood home at the corner of Slocan and Oxford streets in Vancouver, April 3, 2013.
Canucks owner and local businessman Francesco Aquilini at Hastings Park in Vancouver April 3, 2013.
Francesco Aquilini with girlfriend Martine Argent at a gala held at the Hotel Vancouver where Francesco was receiving the Lion's Club medal of Merit, Vancouver April 05 2013.
Canucks owner Francesco Aquilini's high school yearbook entry, from Templeton secondary school in 1978.
Former Templeton high school student Dzinh Nguyen was mentored by Francesco Aquilini and now supports himself working at Cactus Club.
Former Templeton high school student Dzinh Nguyen was mentored by Francesco Aquilini and now supports himself working at Cactus Club.
Canucks owner and local businessman Francesco Aquilini, left, with lifelong friend Jim Crescenzo at the Pacific Coliseum in Vancouver April 3, 2013.
Canucks owner and local businessman Francesco Aquilini, left, with lifelong friend Jim Crescenzo at the Pacific Coliseum in Vancouver April 3, 2013.
Francesco Aquilini ( R) with dad Luigi ( L ), and mom Elisa ( C ) at a gala held at the Hotel Vancouver where Francesco was receiving the Lion's Club medal of Merit, Vancouver April 05 2013.
Canucks owner and local businessman Francesco Aquilini at Hastings Park in Vancouver April 3, 2013.
In this file photo, Vancouver Canucks general manager Mike Gillis, left, and owner Francesco Aquilini watch players practise on the first day of the NHL team&#8217;s training camp in Vancouver on Sunday January 13, 2013.
Francesco Aquilini with girlfriend Martine Argent at a gala held at the Hotel Vancouver where Francesco was receiving the Lion's Club medal of Merit, Vancouver April 05 2013.
In this file photo, Vancouver Canucks owner Francesco Aquilini joins the players wearing replica Vancouver Millionaires uniforms for a team photograph in Vancouver on Friday March 1, 2013. The Millionaires, fronted by Fred &#8216;Cyclone&#8217; Taylor, won this city&#8217;s only Stanley Cup championship in 1914-15. The uniforms will be worn in a game against the visiting Detroit Red Wings on Saturday, March 16.
In this October 8, 2010 file photo, Nadir Mohamed, left, President and CEO, Rogers Communications, Vancouver Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo, center, and Francesco Aquilini, right, Chairman and Governor, Canucks Sports and Entertainment, on the ice before a press conference as the team formally announces the deal that gives the media company naming rights to Rogers Arena.
In this file photo, Taliah Aquilini, the estranged wife of Canucks owner Francesco Aquilini, leaves B.C. Supreme court Tuesday, January 22, 2013. The Aquilinis are currently in divorce proceedings.
Francesco Aquilini with girlfriend Martine Argent at a gala held at the Hotel Vancouver where Francesco was receiving the Lion's Club medal of Merit, Vancouver April 05 2013.
In this file photo, actor Liam Neeson chats with Canucks owner Francesco Aquilini during Saturday's game between the Boston Bruins and Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Arena.
Canucks players pose with owner. L-R Andrew Alberts, Francesco Aquilini, mom Elisa Aquilini, Christopher Tanev, Maxim Lapierre and Zack Kassian at a gala held at the Hotel Vancouver, Vancouver April 05 2013
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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