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.
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.
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.
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.
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.