Holding a captaincy role for the majority of his career, Linden possessed the rare combination of being a player’s and coach’s player for the duration of hockey career. With his playing days behind him, a number of his own former mentors and managers took a minute to share what made Linden so special to them.
“To me, Trevor epitomizes whatever a true pro is all about. The way he approached playing the game with his work habits on and off the ice—he’s certainly second to none.
“His commitment to his team and to community was of equal meaning and equal importance and he was intelligent enough to recognize that early on in his career. He was committed to both. Trevor was one of those rare individuals you enjoyed being around every day because of that.” –Rick Bowness, coach with NYI 1997-98; Vancouver Canucks associate coach 2006-08
“I think the word for [Trevor] was focused. Whatever he’s doing, he’s really focused on it. He gets into it and gives it his best.
“He [was] probably the easiest guy you could ever coach. He wouldn’t be afraid to come into your office and sit down and have a talk; he never caused trouble, he did what he was told and he was a real pleasure to coach..[H]e tried different things to find his game and improve the team…it was always about the team, he was a team player and that’s one of the best ways to describe him.” –Bob McCammon, coach with Vancouver Canucks 1988-90
“From a hockey standpoint, I will always remember how Trevor led the team through tremendous hardships, through injury and how he displayed great leadership during the ’94 run.
The quality person away from the game was just as impressive. His determination allowed him to not only be a great player but a great leader as well. There couldn’t have been any better representative of Vancouver than Trevor.” -Steve Tambellini, Vancouver Canucks staff/management 1988-2008
“Trevor will be remembered for three things as Captain Canuck.
First, his leadership skills. Second, a tireless work ethic. And third, an unrivalled commitment to the community.
Never in my life have I witnessed a mutual love affair between an athlete and a city.” -Brian Burke, Vancouver Canucks management team 1988-1992, 1998-2004
"What separates Trevor from almost everyone else in the game is his commitment to the community.
His selfless dedication to underprivileged and sick children is remarkable and humbling. He is the model for all professional athletes." -George McPhee, Former Vancouver Canucks Director of Hockey Operations