47 Facts About Trevor Linden


Trevor John Linden was born on April 11,1970 and is a Canadian former professional ice hockey player and former president of hockey operations and alternate governor of the Vancouver Canucks.

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Trevor Linden spent 19 seasons in the National Hockey League, playing centre and right wing with four teams: the Vancouver Canucks, New York Islanders, Montreal Canadiens and Washington Capitals.

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Trevor Linden was named captain of the Canucks at age 21, making him one of the youngest captains in league history.

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In that capacity, Trevor Linden was nicknamed "Captain Canuck" and led the team to back-to-back Smythe Division titles in 1992 and 1993, followed by a trip to the Stanley Cup Finals in 1994, where they lost in seven games.

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Trevor Linden retired on June 11,2008,20 years to the day after he was drafted into the NHL.

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Trevor Linden ran a construction company until his son Lane replaced him in 1979.

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Trevor Linden was a skilled athlete; while hockey was his top priority, he participated in baseball, golf, volleyball, basketball and speed skating.

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Trevor Linden grew up watching the Tigers and idolized Lanny McDonald, who played in Medicine Hat before he joined the NHL.

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The next year, Trevor Linden had 110 points in 67 games and led the Tigers to their second consecutive Memorial Cup title.

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Trevor Linden made his NHL debut on October 6,1988, against the Winnipeg Jets, aged 18.

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Trevor Linden scored his first goal on October 18,1988, against Kelly Hrudey of the New York Islanders and later, on November 17, he scored his first hat-trick against the Minnesota North Stars.

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Trevor Linden finished the season tied for the team lead in goals and second for points.

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Trevor Linden became the first rookie to win the Cyclone Taylor Award, given to the Canucks' most valuable player.

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Trevor Linden was named to the NHL All-Rookie Team, and finished second to Brian Leetch, of the New York Rangers, in voting for the Calder Memorial Trophy, awarded to the rookie of the year.

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Trevor Linden led the team with 37 assists and 70 points, and made his first appearance in an NHL All-Star Game, where he was the youngest player.

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Natural winger early in his career, Trevor Linden began learning to play at the centre position during the Canucks training camp in October 1992.

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Trevor Linden finished second on the team in playoff scoring, with 12 goals and 25 points.

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Trevor Linden was traded to the New York Islanders on February 6,1998, in exchange for Todd Bertuzzi, Bryan McCabe and the Islanders' third-round pick in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft.

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Trevor Linden scored 10 goals and 7 assists for 17 points to finish the season, with a combined 17 goals and 21 assists for 38 points in 67 games.

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The following year, his first full season in three years, Trevor Linden was second on the team with 47 points, and third with 18 goals.

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Trevor Linden scored 34 points with Vancouver in 64 games, which included his 1,000th regular season game on March 26,2002, against the Los Angeles Kings.

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Trevor Linden returned in time to be honoured for his 1,000th career game, which he achieved the season before.

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On November 25,2002, against the Minnesota Wild, Trevor Linden scored his 263rd goal with the Canucks, breaking former captain Stan Smyl's team record for most goals.

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Trevor Linden became the first player to play 1,000 games with the Canucks on April 13,2006, when they faced the San Jose Sharks.

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Trevor Linden scored two game-winning goals in the first round, including the series-winning goal against the Dallas Stars in Game 7 of their first-round matchup, which was Linden's sixth Game 7 goal of his playoff career.

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Trevor Linden finished the playoffs with a team-leading 7 points in 12 games.

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Trevor Linden finished his career with 415 assists as a Canuck, which stood as the all-time mark until Henrik Sedin surpassed him on March 14,2010.

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Trevor Linden played in the final game of his NHL career on April 5,2008, against Calgary.

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On June 11,2008, after 19 seasons in the NHL and 20 years to the day of being drafted into the NHL by the Canucks, Trevor Linden announced his retirement, leaving as the franchise leader in games played with the Canucks and assists, and second in goals to later captain Markus Naslund.

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Trevor Linden became the second Canuck to have his jersey retired, joining former captain Stan Smyl, whose jersey number, 12, was retired in 1991.

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In 1995, Trevor Linden married Cristina Giusti, the owner of Basquiat, a Vancouver boutique.

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Together with Trevor Linden, Jamie is a property developer, something they developed an interest in while growing up in Medicine Hat.

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Trevor Linden had indicated that after his playing career was finished, he would like to become more involved in real estate.

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Trevor Linden is an avid and competitive cyclist, frequenting the local Squamish and Whistler area to mountain bike, in addition to participating in various races.

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Trevor Linden and racing teammate John Ramsden finished 48th out of the 122 competing two-man teams over the eight-day competition.

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Trevor Linden saw the experience as a chance to be involved in the business side of the sport.

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Trevor Linden's 2001 return to the Canucks was an emotional event for fans and players alike, with Linden admitting he was too excited to sleep the night before his first game back.

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Trevor Linden is still often referred to affectionately as "Captain Canuck", despite not having captained the team since 1997.

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Trevor Linden has cited his brother, Dean, as being the inspiration for undertaking his charitable work, telling him to use his power as a hockey player.

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In testament to his efforts off the ice in Vancouver, Trevor Linden has been a recipient of the King Clancy Memorial Trophy and the NHL Foundation Player Award, honours awarded by the NHL to players for significant contributions in his community.

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Trevor Linden took part in the 2010 Winter Olympics torch relay when the flame was in Vancouver before the opening ceremony.

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On December 30,2010, it was announced that Trevor Linden was to be invested as a Member of the Order of Canada.

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Trevor Linden was hired by the Canucks the day after Gillis was fired, following a season where the team failed to become a playoff contender.

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Trevor Linden first appeared on the world stage at the 1988 World Junior Championships, a tournament Canada won, where he scored one goal.

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Trevor Linden was invited to training camp for the 1991 Canada Cup roster, but was released early.

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Two years later, Trevor Linden was selected as a member of Team Canada in the 1998 Nagano Olympics.

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Trevor Linden scored one goal and four assists as Canada finished fifth.

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