Vancouver Canucks to hold Trevor Linden tribute night in December

VANCOUVER – Trevor Linden will be the last member of the Vancouver Canucks ever to wear No. 16.

The NHL team announced Thursday that it will hold a Trevor Linden Night on Dec. 17, where it will retire Linden’s number before playing the Edmonton Oilers.

“Retiring a player’s sweater is one of the highest honours a club can pay to its most elite players and ambassadors,” said Chris Zimmerman, the Canucks President and CEO. “Trevor embodies the qualities we strive for as an organization.”

Linden’s No. 16 will hang beside Stan Smyl’s No. 12 at General Motors Place.

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The 38-year-old retired earlier this summer on the 20th anniversary of his draft day. He recorded 867 points (375-492) in 1,382 regular season games with the Canucks, Montreal Canadiens, New York Islanders and Washington Capitals.

He became the Canucks captain at just 21 years of age and held the role for seven seasons. He retired as the franchise leader in games played with 1,140 and is second all-time in goals (318) and points (733).

“This is a tremendous honour and I am very grateful to the club,” said Linden.