he can be president of me anytimeby
Trevor Linden announced Tuesday at the NHLPA’s summer meeting that he will not seek re-election for the position he has held since June 1998. [tsn]
When Laura started working here she went to Toronto for training. Awaiting her flight home she ran into a very tired-looking Linden, who had no doubt been in town for lock-out talks. A man approached him, saying what a fan he is, how much his son looks up to him etc. Laura got her bording pass signed when she talked to him as well. I’m completely jealous.
Everyone’s got a Linden story – he’s one of ‘those players’, a buddy, an ironman, a quiet force, community volunteer – he is Mr. Hockey Vancouver for my generation (sorry Steamer). Hopefully he’ll be here for another season come the fall…
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TOTALLY i got called for jury duty on the same case as he did, needless to say as if he could go and i for very good reasons got out of it, it went to a judge only trial anyway.
i talked on the podcast awyas back about what a lousy year TL musta had during the lock out. While other players were living in the Swiss Alps, fishing all day or partying at the Roxy everynight, he was stuck in airport hotels listening to legions of lawyers and dweebs rattle sabres – and looked very worn down and saddended from it. He never seems to smile anymore (sniff).
Then, once the mess was sorted out (for better or worse), he got slagged by many players he was representing. What a drag.
But the guy has something that the ladies dig – even at the state of the franchise, a couple of middle-aged women were all pining for him to be captain again. After i stopped laughing … (this took awhile), i suggested either: a) a management positions (i.e. director of player development); 2) asst. coach of the Moose; or, 3) learn to win face-offs and be our Rod Brind’amour (meaning a mid-30’s player who raised his game just when everyone thought he was done).
Last year, he basically became a 5-3 PK specialist and spent most shifts throwing his body at shots rather than raging down the right wing and chucking heavy shots at the net like many Nuck fans still wish he could/would do.
I like Trev (though a lot of uhh … guys don’t)- we are the same age and i’ve watched his career with great interest – even went to see his first game back in Vancouver as an Islander – but i am concerned about him staying too long and tarnishing his reputation which seems to have peaked a (shockingly lengthy) 13 years ago.
Yeah, the worst part of the story (the less known part of the story) is that I kept calling Sabrina long distance until she talked me into going up to him. If you think he’s hot on the ice, he’s even better up close & personal. Those eyes, that hair…. he’s the reason I ever started watching the Canucks. Well that and my cousin Andrea was a fanatic about the NukNuks.