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.
*more biographical information on Trevor Linden can be read at Legends of Hockey