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December 17 is Trevor Linden Night

The Vancouver Canucks announced today that they will host ‘Trevor Linden Night’ at General Motors Place on December 17th when they play the Edmonton Oilers. The night dedicated to the longtime Captain of the Canucks will be highlighted by a pre-game ceremony where Linden’s number 16 will be retired. Linden’s sweater will join Stan Smyl’s number 12 in the rafters at 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."

"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."
I can't really say anything more except that this is very deserved and fitting to a great person who was so loyal to this organization. It's too bad Trevor wasn't 20 years younger and starting all over again. Perhaps we'll have this kind of dedication from top draft pick Cody Hodgson. But the kind of spirit and dedication that Linden showed is hard to come by.

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