Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Trevor Linden
Born in Medicine Hat, Alberta, Trevor Linden starred for the hometown Tigers in the WHL where he won consecutive Memorial Cups in 1987 and 1988. In 1987-88, he scored 110 points, helped Canada win the gold medal at the World Junior Championships, and was chosen second overall by the Vancouver Canucks at the 1988 NHL Entry Draft. He was also named to the WHL East Second All-Star Team in his final season.

The 6'4" winger scored 30 goals as a rookie in 1988-89 and was runner-up to Brian Leetch in the Calder Trophy voting. Linden was also named to the league's All-Rookie Team and seemed destined to be one of the top power forwards in the game. He went on to hit the 30-goal mark five more times and represented Canada at the 1991 World Championships. In 1994, he scored 25 points in 24 games while helping Vancouver come within a game of winning the Stanley Cup. His immense contribution to charitable causes was acknowledged in 1997 when he was the recipient of the King Clancy Memorial Trophy.

By the late 1990s, the Canucks began retooling their roster and traded Linden to the New York Islanders for Todd Bertuzzi, Bryan McCabe, and a draft pick in February 1998. A few days after the emotional deal, the veteran forward represented Canada at the Nagano Olympics.

Linden scored 47 points for the Islanders in 1998-99 and was traded to the Montreal Canadiens for a draft pick after the season. He competed well on the struggling Habs but experienced a few injury problems. Linden was acquired by the Washington Capitals in a four-player deal just before the March deadline to add some experience to their playoff drive. The Medicine Hat native spent parts of three seasons in Washington before returning home to Vancouver early in the 2001-02 season.

Since his return to Vancouver, Linden has gone on to surpass the 1,100 games played and during the 2003-04 season became the Canucks All-Time leading scorer. Over the next three seasons in Vancouver, Linden would continue to establish new Cancuks' all-time records and help lead his club through his hard work on and off the ice. In 2005-06, he suited up for his 1,000 game as a Canuck, the first to do so. A season later, he became the first Canuck to score 300 goals as the club returned to the NHL playoffs yet again.

After taking most of the summer to decide on his future, Linden signed a one-year contract with the Canucks. However, his 2007-08 season saw the former Canuck captain tally only seven goals and five assists, the lowest totals of his career. Linden called it a career on July 11, 2008 after a remarkable 19 seasons in the league. He was known as one of the games classiest players on and off the ice.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1985-86 Medicine Hat Tigers AMHL 40 14 22 36 14
1985-86 Medicine Hat Tigers WHL 5 2 0 2 0
1986-87 Medicine Hat Tigers WHL 72 14 22 36 59 20 5 4 9 17
1986-87 Medicine Hat Tigers M-Cup 5 2 1 3 6
1987-88 Medicine Hat Tigers WHL 67 46 64 110 76 16 13 12 25 19
1987-88 Canada WJC-A 7 1 0 1 0
1987-88 Medicine Hat Tigers M-Cup 5 3 4 7 0
1988-89 Vancouver Canucks NHL 80 30 29 59 41 -10 7 3 4 7 8
1989-90 Vancouver Canucks NHL 73 21 30 51 43 -17
1990-91 Vancouver Canucks NHL 80 33 37 70 65 -25 6 0 7 7 2
1990-91 Canada WEC-A 10 1 4 5 4
1991-92 Vancouver Canucks NHL 80 31 44 75 101 +3 13 4 8 12 6
1992-93 Vancouver Canucks NHL 84 33 39 72 64 +19 12 5 8 13 16
1993-94 Vancouver Canucks NHL 84 32 29 61 73 +6 24 12 13 25 18
1994-95 Vancouver Canucks NHL 48 18 22 40 40 -5 11 2 6 8 12
1995-96 Vancouver Canucks NHL 82 33 47 80 42 +6 6 4 4 8 6
1996-97 Canada W-Cup 8 1 1 2 0
1996-97 Vancouver Canucks NHL 49 9 31 40 27 +5
1997-98 Vancouver Canucks NHL 42 7 14 21 49 -13
1997-98 New York Islanders NHL 25 10 7 17 33 -1
1997-98 Canada Olympics 6 1 0 1 10
1997-98 Canada WC-A 6 1 4 5 4
1998-99 New York Islanders NHL 82 18 29 47 32 -14
1999-00 Montreal Canadiens NHL 50 13 17 30 34 -3
2000-01 Montreal Canadiens NHL 57 12 21 33 52 -2
2000-01 Washington Capitals NHL 12 3 1 4 8 +2 6 0 4 4 14
2001-02 Washington Capitals NHL 16 1 2 3 6 -2
2001-02 Vancouver Canucks NHL 64 12 22 34 65 -3 6 1 4 5 0
2002-03 Vancouver Canucks NHL 71 19 22 41 30 -1 14 1 2 3 10
2003-04 Vancouver Canucks NHL 82 14 22 36 26 -6 7 0 0 0 6
2004-05
2005-06 Vancouver Canucks NHL 82 7 9 16 15 +3
2006-07 Vancouver Canucks NHL 80 12 13 25 34 -6 12 2 5 7 6
2007-08 Vancouver Canucks NHL 59 7 5 12 15 0
NHL Totals 1382 375 492 867 895 124 34 65 99 104


Brother of Jamie
WHL East Second All-Star Team (1988)
Memorial Cup All-Star Team (1988)
NHL All-Rookie Team (1989)
King Clancy Memorial Trophy (1997) NHL Foundation Player Award (2008) Played in NHL All-Star Game (1991, 1992)
Traded to NY Islanders by Vancouver for Todd Bertuzzi, Bryan McCabe and NY Islanders' 3rd round choice (Jarkko Ruutu) in 1998 Entry Draft, February 6, 1998. Traded to Montreal by NY Islanders for Montreal's 1st round choice (Branislav Mezei) in 1999 Entry Draft, May 29, 1999. Traded to Washington by Montreal with Dainius Zubrus and New Jersey's 2nd round choice (previously acquired, later traded to Tampa Bay - Tampa Bay selected Andreas Holmqvist ) in 2001 Entry Draft for Richard Zednik, Jan Bulis and Washington's 1st round choice (Alexander Perezhogin) in 2001 Entry Draft, March 13, 2001. Traded to Vancouver by Washington with NY Islanders' 2nd round choice (previously acquired, Vancouver selected Denis Grot) in 2002 Entry Draft for Vancouver's 1st round choice (Boyd Gordon) in 2002 Entry Draft and Vancouver's 3rd round choice (later traded to Edmonton - Edmonton selected Zack Stortini) in 2003 Entry Draft, November 10, 2001. Officially announced his retirement, June 11, 2008.