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Trevor Linden will be the guest on today’s edition of NHL Hour with Commissioner Gary Bettman. Linden, of course, just had his number 16 retired and hung from the rafters in a pre-game ceremony last night honoring the longtime former captain.
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I watched most of the Trevor Linden Ceremony last night (thanks CI for the broadcast) and came away impressed. Events like this only reinforce why us fans are so dedicated to the game.
Watch the tribute the Canucks put together on Trevor.
from the Vancouver Canucks,
“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.”
“This is a tremendous honour and I am very grateful to the club,” said Linden. “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.”
From Michael Rhode at Nanaimo’s Daily News,
The life of a professional hockey player is pretty routine. Sure, there’s the notoriety of playing at the top level of your sport, and it takes plenty of hard work and determination to get to the level they play at.
But aside from the so-called stardom it’s just a lot of repetition. Their days—from autumn to late spring—usually begin and end at the rink. Their summer months, save for a few weeks away from the rink, are usually spent training, at the gym and on ice, for their next season.
Vancouver Canucks’ forward Trevor Linden’s retirement announcement brings into focus the realization of life after hockey. After going to the rink on a regular basis for more than 20 years of professional and junior hockey, come September he’ll have to try and find something constructive to occupy his time.
continued… with words from a few ex-players
From Iain MacIntyre at the Vancouver Sun via Faceoff.com,
Immediately after his packed, televised press conference at General Motors Place, Linden handed over to the Canucks’ charity the $25,000 he received last month from the National Hockey League as part of a humanitarian award.
It won’t be Linden’s last act of community service even if he never skates another shift in the NHL.
“No, I don’t think that will stop,” Linden’s wife, Cristina, said.
“During my time at Nike ... I got to spend time with Michael Jordan, Lance Armstrong and Tiger Woods,” Canuck president Chris Zimmerman said. “They are extraordinary people. But I have never met another athlete with a bigger heart than Trevor Linden.”
*Video of Linden’s retirement speech was posted here yesterday
From Iain MacIntyre at the Vancouver Sun,
He failed to deliver a Stanley Cup to Vancouver, yet somehow exceeded everything expected of him. This says everything about Trevor Linden, whose legacy far exceeds the narrow boundaries of the Vancouver Canucks’ hockey rink.
Linden was the face of the franchise—and its heart and conscience—for most of the last two decades. There will be better players, but possibly not a better person. And no athlete here will be able to match the enduring strength and personal nature of Linden’s bond to this city and its fans, which is why his retirement announcement today will be as poignant and it was expected.
Twenty years to the day after he was drafted second over-all, Linden is leaving the National Hockey League at age 38. There will not be another like him, at least for the Canucks.
Update 3:17pm ET: Video of Linden’s retirement speech.
from Matthew Sekeres of the Globe and Mail,
The main actor on Saturday was Linden, and the fans came to glory him regardless of what the scoreboard read. An emotional farewell began before the start of the third period, and continued throughout the frame and into a post-game ceremony.
Rather than surrounded their goaltender after the final buzzer, the Canucks encircled Linden, each player getting a personal moment and some whispers into his ear. Then, in a classy move, Flames captain Jarome Iginla pulled his teammates from the locker room and had them line up and shake hands with Linden.
Several times, Linden gestured towards his heart and then to the crowd during a parade lap around GM Place.
from the National Post,
Vigneault likes the identity his team has forged in the last month and said that Linden doesn’t fit the type of player he is looking for on his fourth line.
“We have to look at our team identity right now,” Vigneault said yesterday, which was a day off for his players. “We have one offensive line, we have a good checking line, we are getting some identity now on that fourth line as far as grit, grind and in-your-face-type hockey ... So that’s where we are right now.
“Where does Trevor fit? If we want to be an in-your-face type team on a fourth line, Trevor doesn’t fit there. We’re in that little dilemma now.”
From Iain Macintyre at the Vancouver Sun,
Eleven years ago, when the Vancouver Canucks beat the Chicago Blackhawks 2-1 in overtime, Trevor Linden got into Chris Chelios’s face after the winning goal and the pair tussled.
Chelios threw the first punch and, after the players were separated, accused Linden of covering up and refusing to fight. And that was the high point of their relationship. It has devolved the last two years as Chelios leads his crusade for justice within a National Hockey League Players’ Association that Linden, as the union’s former president, led through a labour war that scuttled the 2004-05 season.
Sunday, Linden seemed ready for the fight.
“It’s easy to pile on,” Linden said before facing Chelios and the Detroit Red Wings Sunday night at GM Place. “I will say this: I’m extremely proud of the decisions the [NHLPA] executive committee made. I think we made, in very difficult times, good decisions for the players.”