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19 Stories: Testimonials

by Derek Jory / Vancouver Canucks

Throughout his career, Markus Naslund was known for his modesty off the ice and his superstar skills on the ice.

Those who have admired his playing ability and who have been impacted by the man who wore number 19 share their thoughts.

Brendan Morrison
Former Vancouver Canucks teammate

"The reason Markus was such a good leader was because of his character. He was the consummate professional who cared about his teammates. He carried himself with integrity on and off the ice. As great a player he was on the ice, he was a better person off the ice."

Mike Gillis
President and General Manager, Vancouver Canucks and Naslund’s former agent

“Markus is one of the greatest athletes to ever represent the Canucks both on and off the ice."

Todd Bertuzzi
Former Vancouver Canucks teammate

“Markus was capable of turning the game around with one shot…He constantly amazed us with what he could do every night.”

Marc Crawford
Former Vancouver Canucks head coach

“There are less than a handful of players in this game who can take a play where there’s nothing—I mean no room, no pass, no shot, no play—and turn it into a scoring chance. That’s what the truly exceptional players like Markus can do for you. It’s a creativity that only that type of superstar can see…and then have the ability to make it look easy.”

Glen Sather
President, General Manager and Alternate Governor, New York Rangers

“Markus Naslund is the ultimate professional. He was a tremendous influence on our young players, was a leader to our team and I am proud to have had him as a member of the New York Rangers.”

Mattias Ohlund
Former Vancouver Canucks teammate

“He was a great teammate and a great friend for a lot of years. Much of our success wouldn't have been possible without him. When I came over as a 20-year-old Markus and his family really took care of me. It made me feel really comfortable and welcome. He's had a great impact on a lot of people for a lot of years.”

Trevor Linden
Former Vancouver Canucks teammate

"He certainly turned this organization around from where it was in ’96, ’97 and ’98. He was a big, big player, a big catalyst of some of those really good teams in the early 2000s. He did a lot for the community and was one of the most dynamic players in the game when you look at the type of numbers he put up.

Jill Price
Director of Philanthropy with the B.C. Children’s Hospital Foundation

“Markus has that amazingly low-key approach with kids. The kids are just drawn to him.”

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