Canucks to retire Linden's number 16 sweater

TSN.ca Staff
9/4/2008 12:20:12 PM
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After retiring as one of the most popular Vancouver Canucks in franchise history, Trevor Linden will see his number 16 sweater raised to the rafters of General Motors Place.

"Retiring a player's sweater is one of the highest honours a club can pay to its most elite players and ambassadors," said Chris Zimmerman, President and CEO, Canucks Sports & Entertainment.

"Trevor embodies the qualities we strive for as an organization; character, hard working, commitment, generous and loyal. We are proud that his sweater will hang beside Stan Smyl's at General Motors Place."

Linden played 19 seasons in the NHL, recording 867 career points in 1382 regular season games with the Canucks, Montreal Canadiens, New York Islanders and Washington Capitals.

"This is a tremendous honour and I am very grateful to the club," said Linden in a statement. "To be drafted by the Canucks organization 20 years ago as an 18 year old and to now have my sweater retired is very humbling and rewarding."

Linden spent the first 10 years of his career in Vancouver and was named Canucks captain at the age of 21, at the time, making him the youngest captain in the NHL. Linden returned to the Canucks in 2001, where he finished his career.

He retires as the Canucks all-time leader in games played (1140), assists (415) and is second in goals (318) and points (733). His 118 games, 34 goals, 61 assists and 95 points in the Playoffs are all club records.

'Trevor Linden Night' will take place December 17th, when the Canucks host the Edmonton Oilers.

Trevor Linden (Photo: Jeff Vinnick/Getty Images)


(Photo: Jeff Vinnick/Getty Images)
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