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Canucks Legend: #16 Trevor Linden

image*Part of a series on the 7 Greatest Canucks of all-time. *Previous post, Harold Snepsts.
"He was something Vancouver fans had never seen before: a draft pick who paid immediate dividends." *narration from the video included below
How true that is. Trevor Linden was picked 2nd overall in the 1988 draft and in his first season with the Canucks, picked up 30 goals and 29 assists. He led the team in power play points, was the first rookie in Canucks' history to be named team MVP, and was the runner up for the Calder Trophy that year.

Only a couple of years later, Linden donned the ‘C’ on his uniform and his play and leadership were an irreplaceable component to the Canucks’ playoff success shortly after, in 1994. 

If a person were to know only one thing about Linden’s early career, it should probably be the days of the 1994 Stanley Cup Playoffs.  In particular, his two-goal performance in game #7 of the Stanley Cup Finals against the NYR—a game that was lost to the Rangers 3-2—could be remembered as a quintessential demonstration of the kind of heart Linden has always played with.

Courtesy of Mad Mike Keenan, Linden took a brief detour onto three other NHL teams in the late 1990s, but no one is likely to remember those years on the day he eventually retires. 

He’s certain to always be known as Captain Canuck. 
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*more biographical information on Trevor Linden can be read at Legends of Hockey

 

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Alanah McGinley has been blogging hockey since 2003 (with a notable gap in time through 2010, kicking it with new baby Lucy while living knee-deep in chaos while reading "parenting for complete idiots" during every spare minute) sharing opinions, rants and not-so-deep thoughts with anyone who will listen.

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