Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Retiring: Trevor Linden

Vancouver Canucks mainstay and FI Trevor Linden is calling it quits on Wednesday after 19 seasons in the NHL. Linden once led the Canucks to Game 7 of the Stanley Cup (1994) and was known as a workhouse and OT specialist. Later in his career offense took a backseat as Linden became a defensive-forward for Vancouver. Linden also spent time as the President of the NHL Players Association (NHLPA), an inenviable task as his tenure meshed with the lockout.

Linden won a multitude of awards over his career including the King Clancy Memorial Trophy (1997), the Cyclone Taylor Award (1989, 1991, 1995, 1996), the Molson Cup (1989, 1991) and most recently the NHL Foundation Player Award (2008). A 2-time All-Star (1991, 1992), Linden played 1382 regular season games notching 375 goals and 492 assists for 867 points. He also logged 124 career playoff games to the tune of 99 points (34 goals, 65 assists).

For the first 9 and a half seasons Linden played exclusively for Vancouver before a trade brought him to the Islanders from 1997-1999. Following his brief detour with the Isles, spent short stays with the Montreal Canadiens and Washington Capitals before returning to the Canucks early in the 2001-02 season.

Congratulations must go to Trevor Linden for a fabulous career. All the best.

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