NHL: Trevor Linden's Great Career has Ended

Mikey TolvoCorrespondent IJune 14, 2008

Last Wednesday, Vancouver Canucks forward Trevor Linden, retired from the NHL. Wednesday marked his NHL 20th anniversary.

"It's just the right time," Linden said. "When you get to a point where mentally you are there, where mentally you feel you've got everything out that you could, it's time to look to other things, and I'm looking forward to that."

Over 1,382 games, 1,140 of them with Vancouver, Linded recorded 867 points. With Vancouver, Linden put up 733 points, including 415 assists, which is a team record. Only Markus Naslund has put up more goals for the Canucks. Linden holds second place with 318 goals.

He was drafted second overall, only behind Mike Modano in the 1988 draft. Sixteen of his 19 seasons were spent in the city of Vancouver.

Linden is remembered for being a great leader since he became captain at 21. He held the record as the youngest captain ever, only recently broken by Sidney Crosby. Canucks fans also remember him leading the Canucks to the Stanley Cup Finals, only to lose in Game Seven, 3-2.

In 1998, he was traded to the Islanders. He then moved on to play for Montreal and Washington before being traded back to Vancouver. During this time he was part of the Canadien team in the Winter Olympics.