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Trevor Linden's Inbox

by Staff Writer / Vancouver Canucks
The Trevor Linden Foundation has given to so many children and their families, what made you start the foundation? (John Dickson - Toronto, Ontario)

I was doing a lot of different things for a lot of different charities. The Trevor Linden Foundation allowed me to centralize everything a little bit, and bring things in house. I still help out a lot of other organizations, but I have something that I can call my own now.

Do you have a special moment or group that has touched your heart through your long career as a "good samaritan" ? (Melana Corney - Aberdeen, Scotland)

I've had the opportunity to meet a lot of great kids that have been sick, and in a small way, it's a nice feeling to be able to make a difference. There are so many people that do make a difference in this world whether it be doctors or nurses etc. Having the opportunity to make a small difference for me has been really rewarding.

What was your most memorable moment during the run for cup in 1994 (Randy Palmer - Mission, BC)

I think winning against the Toronto Maple Leafs here at home in order to win the Western Conference final was definitely the most rewarding moment.

Who was your childhood hockey idol and why? (Kym Hofer - Armstrong, BC)

I liked Lanny McDonald when I was a kid because he played in Medicine Hat, Alberta as a junior, which is where I was born. He was a guy who I really liked, and I admired how he played the game and how he carried himself off the ice.

Since the Canucks will still be playing in June, you probably won't be able to enter the Squamish Test of Metal mountain bike race. Will you ride the Squamish Gear Jammer on July, 23 instead? (Curtis Roberts)

No, I probably won't, only because I get into hockey training around that time of year. I'll definitely spend a few weekends up in Squamish though.

Do you feel that being a role model to fans and to the younger guys on the team is a big part of your role within the organization? (Cindy Keehn - Surrey, BC)

I think all the Canucks have the obligation, to make a difference. Not only is it a privilege to play here in Canada, and Vancouver, it's always something you never try to take for granted. All the players have made a contribution back into the community, and certainly the Canucks organization here in Vancouver has placed a big importance on that. Once the younger players come into the organization, they get into the rhythm of things. The Canucks organization is really good at placing players at different events, helping them get their foot in the door and get active within the community.

Since you first began playing in the NHL, what has been the biggest change in the game that you really like and what change do you think the game could do without? (Michelle Snider)

I think that removing the red line is the best. The crackdown on obstruction is definitely a good one. One rule we could do without is the illegal curve on the sticks, which I think has to be changed.

What is your favorite "free, away from hockey, fun time" activity you enjoy? (Kasztan, age 10)

During the off-season I like cycling, hiking, and golf.

Where is one place or country that you haven't been to that you would love to go? (Lorri)

 Probably New Zealand or Australia .

Do you intend to stay involved in different aspects of hockey when you do decide to retire from the NHL? (Liz W. - Victoria, BC)

That's a good question, obviously hockey's something I've enjoyed doing for a long time. The game has definitely been good to me, but it's hard to say if I will stay involved. I have thought about coaching, but that's just a though.
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