I don’t know if you will remember, but last January I wrote you a letter telling you the story of our daughter Lori, a spunky young hockey player whose life was sadly cut short 12 years ago by a brain aneurysm, when she was only seven. I enclosed a small donation to your new Foundation in her memory.
Then last June, once your difficult and eventful hockey season had ended and your life had time to settle down a bit, you very kindly sent me an autographed photo of yourself as Captain of the Canucks, inscribed, “In memory of Lori…”. It immediately became one of my most treasured possessions…it is framed and hanging on our family-room wall right below the picture of Lori in her hockey gear that I had sent to you. It warms my heart every time I look at them together!
So much has happened in your hockey life in the year since I sent that first letter—your knee injury, the heart-breaking trade to the Islanders, the Olympic Games, your being named Captain of the Islanders, your election as president of the NHLPA, two more changes of coaches—it must have been a very stressful year for you. You should know, however, that your legion of fans in Vancouver (and elsewhere) remain your loyal fans now that you wear an Islanders jersey. Your work ethic, leadership by example, unselfishness in putting the team first, and gentlemanly play have no doubt earned you a whole new following of fans on the east coast as well. So many Canuck fans I know are still bemoaning the fact that you are no longer here to provide some much-needed inspiration to our team…
...At any rate, Trevor, thank you for taking the time to read this, and please once again accept my deep appreciation for sending your autographed picture and hockey cards last summer. You are a true gentleman!
Your faithful fan and friend,
My nephew, Johnnie from Williams Lake, B.C., is currently undergoing treatment for cancer at B.C. Children’s Hospital. His time now is spent between the hospital and Ronald McDonald House. He was diagnosed with cancer in July 1997.
On January 5, 1998, my sister had the unpleasant task of advising our family that the chemotherapy treatment administered to Johnnie so far has been unsuccessful and his cancer has spread.
On a brighter note, after receiving this news she advised us that Johnnie had just been picked up along with other children at Ronald McDonald House and taken in a limousine to the Canucks/L.A. hockey game. This was all compliments of yourself.
I can’t tell you how much this touched my heart as well as my wife’s. Your charitable work and care and love that you show these sick children, is deserving of a medal.
I am particularly proud that you are a member of our community and I sincerely hope that you remain here for a long time.
Take a bow Trevor, you certainly deserve it!!
P.S. The best of luck to you in your career. I hope any trades in the future will be ones that make you happy.