Former Tiger and home town hero Trevor Linden is returning to Medicine Hat and will be on hand for Saturday's game to drop the puck in the ceremonial face-off. As part of the event presented by ATB Financial, 15 lucky season ticket holders have been selected to attend a special meet and greet event prior to the game.
Trevor Linden had a great junior career with the Tigers averaging over a point a game in his time with the club. He was an integral part of the team that went on to win back-to-back Memorial Cups in 1987 and 1988. His play in the 1988 Memorial Cup earned him a place on the tournament all-star team. Following the tournament he was selected second overall by the Vancouver Canucks in the 1988 NHL Entry Draft.
He went on to have a very successful NHL career collecting 867 points while playing 1,382 games for the Vancouver Canucks, New York Islanders, Montreal Canadiens and the Washington Capitals. He spent the majority of his career with the Canucks where he is still a fan favourite. His number 16 is one of only three retired numbers in the rafters of the Rogers Arena.
Despite his impressive career stats Linden is probably remembered more for his community involvement and charitable work. The NHL recognized his efforts with the King Clancy Memorial Trophy in 1997 and the NHL Foundation Player Award in 2008. He has also been awarded the Order of British Columbia and the Order of Canada.
It will truly be an honour for all those in attendance to once again welcome Trevor Linden home to the confines of the Medicine Hat Arena.
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