Skip to main content
The Official Site of the Vancouver Canucks

Trevor Linden Retires After 19 NHL Seasons

by Staff Writer / Vancouver Canucks

Vancouver, B.C. – Vancouver Canucks forward Trevor Linden officially announced his retirement today, 20 years to the day, after the Canucks selected him with the 2nd overall pick in the 1988 National Hockey League Entry Draft at the Montreal Forum. Linden spent 16 of his 19 NHL seasons in a Canucks uniform.



“Today is an emotional and exciting day for me as an athlete and a person,” said Linden. “It closes one chapter of my life, my playing career, while opening up another which I am very much looking forward to. The game of hockey has been good to me and I would like to thank my family, former teammates, coaches, managers, support staff and the incredible fans that have been so generous in their support of my career.”

“Trevor has been a tremendous player, leader and ambassador for our club and our city for two decades,” said Chris Zimmerman, President and CEO, Canucks Sports & Entertainment. “His contribution to our team both on and off of the ice, his efforts in our community and his connection with our loyal fans is very special. I have never seen a professional athlete have such a significant impact on a city and province as much as Trevor has had during his illustrious career as a Canuck. Trevor truly epitomizes the phrase Forever a Canuck.”

CANUCKS EXTRA

In His Own Words
Trevor Linden Highlights

Linden Tribute
Official Press Release
 Sweet Sixteen
Haven't Seen Anything Yet 
Send Linden A Message

Tribute Gallery
Linden, 38, leaves the Canucks and the NHL after 19 seasons where he recorded 867 career points (375-492-867) in 1382 regular season games with the Canucks, Montreal Canadiens, New York Islanders and Washington Capitals. In addition, Linden proved himself to be a strong Playoff performer, in 124 Stanley Cup Playoff games, he recorded 99 points (34-65-99) and 104 penalty minutes. Of his 124 Playoff games, 118 came in a Canucks uniform, highlighted by his 25 points (12-13-25) in 24 games during the Canucks 1994 Stanley Cup run that concluded in a Game 7 versus the New York Rangers.

Linden completes his NHL career among the all-time League leaders in a number of statistical categories. His 1382 regular season games rank 32nd on the all-time list. Linden’s 375 career goals rank tied for 94th all-time (Butch Goring) and his 867 career points place him 99th in NHL history.

After joining the Canucks in 1988 from the Medicine Hat Tigers, Linden enjoyed immediate success, finishing runner-up for the 1989 Calder Trophy and being named The Hockey News Rookie-of-the-Year. In his first eight NHL seasons, Linden recorded 30 or more goals six times.

In 1991-92, Linden, just 21 years old at the time, was named the Canucks captain, becoming the youngest captain in the NHL.

Linden wore the “C” as Canucks captain for seven seasons, the second longest tenure as captain in club history. After spending his first 10 NHL seasons in Vancouver, Linden went on to play parts of five seasons with the Canadiens, Islanders and Capitals before returning for six more years in a Canucks sweater after he was re-acquired in November of 2001.

During his 19 seasons, Linden was a two-time NHL All-Star (1990-91, 1991-92) and represented Team Canada at the 1998 Winter Olympic Games in Nagano, Japan. He retires as the Canucks all-time leader in games played (1140), assists (415) and is second in goals (318) and points (733). His 118 games, 34 goals, 61 assists and 95 points in the Playoffs are all club records.

Just as impressive as his on-ice accomplishments are, Linden’s work in the community has been tireless over the past 20 years. Most recently Linden was named the recipient of the NHL Foundation Player Award which is awarded annually to the National Hockey League player "who applies the core values of hockey – commitment, perseverance and teamwork – to enrich the lives of people in his community".

In 1997, Linden was awarded the King Clancy Memorial Trophy which is given annually to the NHL player who best exemplifies leadership qualities on and off the ice and who has made a significant humanitarian contribution in his community. Linden’s work with Canuck Place, BC Children’s Hospital, Camp Goodtimes, Ronald McDonald House of B.C., Canadian Cancer Society, B.C. Cancer Foundation, Kids Help Phone, the Michael Cuccione Foundation, and many other charities in BC has helped raise millions of dollars for those in need.

Throughout his career, Linden was very involved with the NHL Players Association beginning as a player representative in 1990 and acting as the President of the NHLPA for eight years from 1998-2006.

Career Regular Season Stats
Season Team GP G A P +/- PIM PP SH GW S S%
1985-1986 Medicine Hat  AMHL   40 14 22 36   14          
1985-1986 Medicine Hat  WHL   5 2 0 2   0          
1986-1987 Medicine Hat  WHL   72 14 22 36   59          
1986-1987 Medicine Hat  M-Cup   5 2 1 3   6          
1987-1988 Medicine Hat  WHL   67 46 64 110   76          
1987-1988 Canada  WJC-A   7 1 0 1   0          
1987-1988 Medicine Hat  M-Cup   5 3 4 7   0          
1988-1989 Canucks   80 30 29 59 -10 41 10 1 2 186 16.1
1989-1990 Canucks   73 21 30 51 -17 43 6 2 3 171 12.3
1990-1991 Canucks   80 33 37 70 -25 65 16 2 4 229 14.4
1990-1991 Canada  WEC-A   10 1 4 5   4          
1991-1992 Canucks   80 31 44 75 3 101 6 1 6 201 15.4
1992-1993 Canucks   84 33 39 72 19 64 8 0 3 209 15.8
1993-1994 Canucks   84 32 29 61 6 73 10 2 3 234 13.7
1994-1995 Canucks   48 18 22 40 -5 40 9 0 1 129 14.0
1995-1996 Canucks   82 33 47 80 6 42 12 1 2 202 16.3
1996-1997 Canucks   49 9 31 40 5 27 2 2 2 84 10.7
1996-1997 Canada  W-Cup   8 1 1 2   0          
1997-1998 Canucks   42 7 14 21 -13 49 2 0 1 74 9.5
1997-1998 Islanders   25 10 7 17 -1 33 3 2 1 59 16.9
1997-1998 Canada  Olympics   6 1 0 1   10          
1997-1998 Canada  WC-A   6 1 4 5   4          
1998-1999 Islanders   82 18 29 47 -14 32 8 1 1 167 10.8
1999-2000 Canadiens   50 13 17 30 -3 34 4 0 3 87 14.9
2000-2001 Canadiens   57 12 21 33 -2 52 6 0 3 96 12.5
2000-2001 Capitals   12 3 1 4 2 8 0 0 0 30 10.0
2001-2002 Capitals   16 1 2 3 -2 6 1 0 0 19 5.3
2001-2002 Canucks   64 12 22 34 -3 65 2 0 2 122 9.8
2002-2003 Canucks   71 19 22 41 -1 30 4 1 1 116 16.4
2003-2004 Canucks   82 14 22 36 -6 26 4 0 1 97 14.4
2005-2006 Canucks   82 7 9 16 3 15 1 1 0 55 12.7
2006-2007 Canucks   80 12 13 25 -6 34 5 0 1 92 13.0
2007-2008 Canucks   59 7 5 12 0 15 0 2 1 45 15.6
NHL Totals:   1,382 375 492 867 -64 895 119 18 41 2,704 13.9
 
Career Playoff Stats
Season Team GP G A P +/- PIM PP SH GW S S%
1986-1987 Medicine Hat  WHL   20 5 4 9   17          
1987-1988 Medicine Hat  WHL   16 13 12 25   19          
1988-1989 Canucks   7 3 4 7 -1 8 2 1 0 11 27.3
1990-1991 Canucks   6 0 7 7 3 2 0 0 0 12 0.0
1991-1992 Canucks   13 4 8 12 5 6 2 0 1 37 10.8
1992-1993 Canucks   12 5 8 13 4 16 2 0 1 22 22.7
1993-1994 Canucks   24 12 13 25 3 18 5 1 1 67 17.9
1994-1995 Canucks   11 2 6 8 -1 12 1 0 0 19 10.5
1995-1996 Canucks   6 4 4 8 -1 6 2 0 0 14 28.6
2000-2001 Capitals   6 0 4 4 -3 14 0 0 0 17 0.0
2001-2002 Canucks   6 1 4 5 1 0 0 0 0 10 10.0
2002-2003 Canucks   14 1 2 3 -4 10 0 1 0 20 5.0
2003-2004 Canucks   7 0 0 0 -3 6 0 0 0 4 0.0
2006-2007 Canucks   12 2 5 7 4 6 1 0 2 19 10.5
NHL Totals:   124 34 65 99 7 104 15 3 5 252 13.5
 
 Career Notes
Family name was originally Van der Linden Brother of Jamie WHL East Second All-Star Team (1988) Memorial Cup Tournament All-Star Team (1988) NHL All-Rookie Team (1989) King Clancy Memorial Trophy (1997) Played in NHL All-Star Game (1991, 1992) Traded to NY Islanders by Vancouver for Todd Bertuzzi, Bryan McCabe and NY Islanders' 3rd round choice (Jarkko Ruutu) in 1998 Entry Draft, February 6, 1998. Traded to Montreal by NY Islanders for Montreal's 1st round choice (Branislav Mezei) in 1999 Entry Draft, May 29, 1999. Traded to Washington by Montreal with Dainius Zubrus and New Jersey's 2nd round choice (previously acquired, later traded to Tampa Bay Tampa Bay selected Andreas Holmqvist ) in 2001 Entry Draft for Richard Zednik, Jan Bulis and Washington's 1st round choice (Alexander Perezhogin) in 2001 Entry Draft, March 13, 2001. Traded to Vancouver by Washington with NY Islanders' 2nd round choice (previously acquired, Vancouver selected Denis Grot) in 2002 Entry Draft for Vancouver's 1st round choice (Boyd Gordon) in 2002 Entry Draft and Vancouver's 3rd round choice (later traded to Edmonton Edmonton selected Zachery Stortini) in 2003 Entry Draft, November 10, 2001.
 

PERSONAL
Lives year round in Kitsilano….Enjoys golfing and fishing….Makes countless community appearances throughout the season …Hosted the third annual Cadillac Fairview Trevor Linden Golf Classic this summer raising funds for B.C. Children’s Hospital…Started the Trevor Linden Foundation in 1995 helping to raise money for children….Vancouver’s trip to the 1994 Stanley Cup Final stands as his most memorable hockey moment…Lanny McDonald was his boyhood idol.

FEATURES
Talk of the town
On Top of the World
Mountain Training keep Linden, Gelina's at their peak
There's no place like home
No More Speculation
No Comparison
Not So Junior Experience
The Coldest Summer
Linden 2.0
The Most Unlikely Ways
Trevor Linden's Five Things
Super-Stitious
Powering On
Where Have All The Nicknames Gone?
Ask A Player
Decisions, decisions, decisions




 

View More