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Canucks will retire jersey of ex-captain Naslund @NHL

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) -In the year since he retired from the NHL, former Vancouver Canucks captain Markus Naslund has had a chance to reflect on his career.

During his 15-year career, Naslund wore the uniforms of three clubs, but the team that had the most impact on his life was the Canucks.

That's why Naslund was so appreciative when Vancouver general manager Mike Gillis called to say the Canucks had decided to retire his sweater.

Naslund's No. 19 will be hoisted to the rafters at the Rogers Arena on Dec. 11 when Vancouver plays the Tampa Bay Lightning. The ceremony will be part of the Canucks' plans to celebrate 40 seasons in the NHL.

Naslund will join Trevor Linden and Stan Smyl as the only Canucks to have their jerseys retired.

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