One of Vancouver’s most beloved Canucks, Trevor Linden, will be inducted into the BC Hockey Hall of Fame this weekend. Born and raised in Medicine Hat, Alberta, Linden spent 10 years with the Vancouver Canucks before moving on to the New York Islanders, Montreal Canadians, and the Washington Capitals.
In 2001 Linden returned to Vancouver where he played out the rest of his career. His number 16 was raised to the rafters of GM Place (now Rogers Arena) in 2008 — his was only the second number to be retired, the first being Stan Smyl’s number 12.
Linden was a driving force behind the team’s 1994 cup and truly put heart into Vancouver hockey, being active with local community groups, non-profits, and Canuck Place Childrens Hospice. Linden took on responsibilities and leadership including being the President of the NHLPA during the infamous lockout of 2004. He’s so well-known and respected in town that there are over 300 groups on Facebook dedicated to everything from naming a street after him to making him the Mayor of Vancouver.
The BC Hockey Hall of Fame is located in Penticton. Previous Canucks family members that have been inducted include Orland Kurtenbach, Pat Quinn, Steve Tambellini, Tom Renney, Cliff Ronning, Brian Burke, Dave Babych, Greg Adams, Harold Snepsts, Fred “Cyclone” Taylor, Geoff & Russ Courtnall, Doug Lidster, and the Patrick Family who shaped the way we play hockey today.