He's winning people over
All the way in Pittsburgh, Trevor LInden is getting recognized for what he's done for Vancouver for 20 years. Cam Cole reports from Pittsburgh as Linden receives his award before game three between Detroit and Pittsburgh.
Linden finally gets his due
Wednesday's awards ceremony showed an emotional video tribute that shows what Linden's contributed over the years but as Tony Gallagher writes, not all of his best work is shown on camera or working with the kids.
"Linden, along with his teammates and all the tireless workers involved with Canuck Place, have raised north of $25 million since the Griffiths family kicked off the project some 20 years ago."
"On Wednesday a video presentation showed Linden visiting kids at Canuck Place. After years of watching how hypocritical most of these videos are, especially with NBA players, you almost don't want to watch. After all, most of those guys never show up again when the cameras leave, but there's never any media around when Linden's doing his best work, both with the kids and the parents."
"'I found the kids are often the ones with the most courage in these situations, but it's what the parents are going through which is obviously toughest to deal with,' Linden said."
""When you're with the kids, you might focus on a picture on the wall or some video game they're playing and try to get into where they are and what interests them and then tell them about what you're doing. With the parents, you're just trying to talk with them because they're going through everyone's worst nightmare -- and I can't for a moment really imagine what that's like.'
"'But each one of them is from somewhere in B.C., and that can be a start, a way to talk shop or talk some hockey. I just tell them, 'If there's ever anything I can do, call me. I live just two minutes away.'"
"Over the years he's answered many a call, never hesitating to respond."