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Canucks retire Markus Naslund's No. 19

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VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) - When Markus Naslund came to Vancouver in 1996, he had such a tough time just getting into the Canucks' lineup that he never could have expected to have his No. 19 retired by the team.

That's what made Saturday night so much sweeter for the Swedish forward.

Naslund's number was raised to the rafters during an elaborate 50-minute ceremony before the Canucks faced the Tampa Bay Lightning. The No. 19 joined those of fellow former Vancouver captains Stan Smyl (12) and Trevor Linden (16) as the only ones so honored in the team's 40-year NHL history.

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