Trevor Linden Night in Vancouver


Monday, December 15th, 2008 — 8:43am PST
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Update December 17th, 2008: Just got back from TL Night at GM Place and the Canucks pulled out a win vs the Oilers. To celebrate the good vibes this evening I’m promoting this post to the top of my site until tomorrow and including some photos of the banner ceremony.

Raise a Reader Day - Trevor & Me

Trevor Linden Tribute Reel

Alumni

Crowd was full of "16"s

Trevor Linden

Trevor Linden

Banner in the sky

Wednesday December 17th is “Trevor Linden Day in Vancouver” as it was proclaimed last year that this would happen the day his jersey is retired to the rafters at GM Place.

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Last spring I was fortunate enough to be able to experience Trevor Linden’s last NHL game, and last game as a Vancouver Canuck. Even though the score didn’t turn out in our favour, players on both sides of the ice acknowledged his efforts and commitments through the years and it was us fans in the stands that felt the need to pay tribute to our Captain Canuck as often (and as loudly) as we could.


Photo credit: John Bollwitt on Flickr

Our friend Alanah from Canucks and Beyond (and our podcast co-host) wrote an amazing piece for NHL.com. “”Linden was a player that always, always played with everything he had. While there were times he might be fairly criticized for his play over the years, there was never much call to criticize his heart.” She also added some collected quotes about Linden, like this one from me: “Another friend and colleague, Rebecca Bollwitt, remarked, “He was one of ‘those players’, a buddy, an ironman, a quiet force, a community volunteer. He is Mr. Hockey Vancouver for my generation.”” [Read more]

The Canucks website has been doing “16 Days of Linden” leading up to this game and they’ll have a one-hour Canucks TV “Big Farewell Special” (online) tomorrow, Tuesday the 16th. This will feature guests such as Dean Linden, Kirk McLean, and Norm Jewison (and perhaps some other familiar Fan Zone faces).

If you have tickets to the game on Wednesday they may state that the puck drops at 7:30pm however fans are encouraged to come for 6:00pm as the ceremony will begin (and be aired on TV) at that time. Most are recommending “be in your seat by 5:45pm“. I’ll be there along with some of my podcast co-hosts and I’ll make sure to bring enough tissues for this touching occasion.


Photo credit: Jordan Behan on Flickr

Who knows, maybe the next time we pay tribute to the man that won our hearts by playing the our city’s sport with passion, drive, commitment, community spirit, and skill will soon also be immortalized on Google Maps as well.

Update: Doors will be opening at 5:00pm on December 17th – the game will start at 7:30pm.

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18 comments

  1. Tyler Ingram says:

    It would be cool to go to that night. 🙂 I’m sure he’ll be missed by all!

    A coworker of mine was wondering if he could trade a couple of his Canada Vs. ?? Prelim 2010 tickets for 2 tickets to this special Canuck night! lol

  2. Miss604 says:

    Haha I somehow don’t think that would be allowed although there may not be much of a price difference 😉

  3. Candice says:

    *sigh* i wish i was going Wednesday night. I was at the Trevor’s last game as well – so emotional – i will admit i had quite a few tears throughout the night – and i am sure there will be more tears in a few days!

  4. Jen says:

    I’m so going to cry like a baby.

  5. Amber says:

    You said, “He is Mr. Hockey Vancouver for my generation.” I so agree. I think I will always be a little bit in love with Trevor Linden. 😉

  6. Taris J says:

    Good writeup!! No idea you were a hockey fan!!

  7. zona says:

    A few years ago the Canucks were U.S. bound for a preseason game. Trevor came to my line and before I could speak he told me that he had left his passport at home. I could tell by the way he said it that he felt really stupid. I looked at him and said, “you don’t need a passport, you’re Trevor Linden”.

    True story

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  9. […] Update June 2008: It has been announced that “Trevor Linden Day” in Vancouver will be the day the Canucks retire his jersey to the rafters in the fall. [News1130] Update December 2008: Info on Trevor Linden Night can be found here. […]

  10. judy says:

    What an ignorant bunch of fans booing Roberto Luongo. I have never seen anything like it. I couldn’t believe it. No wonder people don’t like vancouverites. What Roberto stop playing his best.

  11. judy says:

    I meant WATCH ROBERT STOP PLAYING HIS BEST!

  12. Miss604 says:

    Hi Judy,

    Fans were not booing Luongo, they were affectionately saying “Loooou!” – there was much love for him tonight.

  13. caro says:

    What a great job they did with the ceremony tonight. I totally bawled like a baby. Felt like there wasn’t a dry eye in the house.

  14. Mom604 says:

    When I first heard it months ago, I, too, thought the fans were saying “Boooo”, for Luongo, until it was pointed out to me that they were actually calling out: “Loooou”, as you had just stated (and you were the one who explained it to me, thanks)

  15. Tawcan says:

    What a great night!

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  17. […] Be sure to check out Miss 604’s website for her take on “Trevor Linden Day in Vancouver.” She includes some photos of the event, one of which is included in this post. And check out the Hockey Hermit’s site for his Top 10 list of the best players in Canuck history, with Linden as the No. 1 pick. […]

  18. Lanny says:

    Hey, this week 2 Vancouver Canuck posts are on my new favorite website, http://www.stud-u.com (STUD U is an acronym for SPORTS TRIVIA UPDATED DAILY UNIVERSITY). One deals with Linden and the other one deals with Sundin. Excellent sports trivia site, I have learned a lot of neat stuff here.

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