After a 19-year career in the NHL, Trevor Linden had announced his retirement from the NHL on June 11, 2008. On Thursday, the Vancouver Canucks announced that they will retire Linden’s #16 jersey on December 17 when the Canucks host the Edmonton Oilers at General Motors Place.
Chris Zimmerman, President and CEO, Canucks Sports & Entertainment, said “Retiring a player’s sweater is one of the highest honours a club can pay to its most elite players and ambassadors. 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.”
Linden scored 375 goals and 492 assists (867 points) in 1382 regular season games with the Vancouver Canucks, Montreal Canadiens, New York Rangers, and Washington Capitals.
Linden said, “This is a tremendous honour and I am very grateful to the club. 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.” Linden spent the first ten years of his NHL career in a Canucks jersey and became the team’s captain at the age of 21, which, at the time, made him the youngest captain in the league. He returned to the Canucks in 2001 and finished his career there.
Linden retired as Vancouver’s all-time leader in games played (1140) and assists (415). He ranks second in goals (318) and points (733). He holds club playoff records of 118 games, 34 goals, 61 assists, and 95 points.