Since Trevor Linden received multiple standing ovations when he last skated at General Motors Place on April 5, the question has been when he would retire. Not if.
Today is when.
The 38-year-old, second overall draft pick in the 1988 draft is expected to say goodbye to his pro hockey career at 11 a.m. Linden will be remembered as the greatest player to to wear a Canucks jersey.
In 1,382 regular season games, Linden scored 375 times and had 491 assists. His last two goals came March 30 against the Calgary Flames. Linden played more games than any other Canuck (1,140) and also has the most assists in club history (415). The Medicine Hat Tigers' alumni also played for the New York Islanders, Montreal Canadiens and Washington Capitals. The only mark on his career may be his turbulent presidency of the NHL Players' Association during the lockout-cancelled 2004-2005 season.
Today's announcement is exactly 14 years since game six of the 1994 Stanley Cup finals, arguably the greatest game ever played at the Pacific Coliseum. The Canucks' 4-1 win over the New York Rangers forced a seventh and deciding game on June 14 in Manhattan. Canucks captain Linden scored twice in the heartbreaking 3-2 loss.
Linden is known for his charity work and has embarked on a second career as a condo developer. He is also training for August's Trans Rockies endurance mountain bike race.