Vancouver, B.C. – At a surprise outdoor ceremony earlier today, the Vancouver Canucks unveiled the newly named Gate 16 at General Motors Place in honour of Trevor Linden. Gate 16 is the main entrance and reception area for guests, staff and key stakeholders in the community of Canucks Sports & Entertainment.
Trevor Linden embodies the same qualities Canucks Sports & Entertainment strives to uphold: integrity, teamwork, passion, respect and excellence. Gate 16 was named in tribute to the iconic Canuck, to serve as a lasting reminder of his distinguished NHL career and reflect the objectives the franchise supports and operates by.
“The unveiling of Gate 16 provides an opportunity for everyone who enters General Motors Place to see the impact of Trevor’s legacy,” said Chris Zimmerman, President & CEO, Canucks Sports & Entertainment. “Gate 16 was named and designated as a symbol of Trevor’s character and a reminder of the principles this organization supports and upholds.”
Linden, his wife Cristina, father Lane, mother Edna and brothers Dean and Jamie all attended the unveiling of Gate 16 alongside Canucks staff, media and partners in the community. The ceremony was hosted by longtime Canucks broadcaster Tom Larscheid and attended by NHL Commissioner, Gary Bettman and Deputy Commissioner, Bill Daly. Linden’s sweater will be raised to the rafters in a pre-game retirement ceremony at General Motors Place tonight.
Gate 16: Gate 16 is located on the East side of General Motors Place on Abbott Street in Vancouver. It was formerly identified as Gate 5 before being renamed. The re-design of Gate 16 includes blue and white LED lighting of the number 16, accompanied by a plaque that details Linden’s career and legacy.
Retirement ceremony: Tonight’s retirement ceremony starts at 6 pm, Doors open at 5 pm. The ceremony will be broadcast in its entirety without interruption by Canucks TV on Rogers Sportsnet Pacific. Linden’s number 16 will hang from the rafters at General Motors Place with Stan Smyl’s number 12. The ceremony will feature a video tribute and several key note speeches from those close to Linden.