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Former Vancouver Canucks captain Markus Naslund will have his jersey raised to the rafters on...

Former Vancouver Canucks captain Markus Naslund will have his jersey raised to the rafters on December 11.

HOSEA CHEUNG, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:37 AM ET

VANCOUVER -- Markus Naslund already knows Dec. 11 will be an emotional night.

The Canucks announced Wednesday evening the organization will retire the former Vancouver captain's No. 19 jersey -- the third in franchise history -- in a ceremony prior to a game against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

"It's definitely one of those special nights that I'm going to remember for the rest of my life," said Naslund from his Sweden home Thursday. "I felt humble and proud. When you're done and when you reflect on everything that's been going on throughout your career, obviously getting a phone call like that means a lot."

In his 12 seasons with Vancouver, the soft-spoken left winger won the Lester B. Pearson Trophy (the league MVP as voted by the players), was named to the First All-Star Team for three consecutive seasons, and appeared in five all-star games.

He holds the franchise record in goals (346), points (756), game winners (49), powerplay goals (114), and hat tricks (10).

"I've enjoyed the ride and I think the key for me was to know when to stop playing because of the level of your game," he said. "I'm grateful that I ended up having a chance to perform and play with the right people to have some success."

Along with his family and friends, the Ornskoldsvik native will also have an old teammate, the Lightning's Mattias Ohlund, in attendance during his jersey retirement night.

"To me, that's a lot of fun to have Mattias there that night cause he's one of my closest friend," Naslund said.

"It's definitely one of those special nights that I'm going to remember for the rest of my life."


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