i’m utmost shocked the sedin twins have announced retirement today. when the news first appeared on my news feed, my heart sank and i was crying inside. how i wished it was fake news, how i wished it was still april fools. i remember watching the draft pick in 1999, when two baby-faced boys stepped on the stage after brian burke announced his second and third picks consecutively. they took a lot of criticism over the years, but for the longest time they carried the team on their backs. it was evident to see their growth in nhl, as i watched them turn from boys to men. through the eighteen years of sedinery, they invented a brand of telepathic hockey never seen before, and they have the hart, art ross, king clancy and ted lindsay to show for. despite not having won a stanley cup in their nhl days, they had an amazing career in vancouver. the fact they stayed a canuck their whole career says a lot with totals like over two thousand six hundred games played and over two thousand one hundred points. regardless, cup or no cup, they were remarkable players that displayed class and leadership on and off the ice. so often i hear opposing players have insurmountable respect for them, even those on rival teams. i wish they didn’t make this announcement so i can continue to watch them play, but it felt right for them and their families. i’m going to miss their cycles, slap passes, between the legs tip passes, playoff heroics, and most importantly i’m going to miss seeing number twenty-two and thirty-three on the ice. the fact both of them attaining their one thousandth point this season is a very fitting way to end a hockey career. they’ll go down as one of the best twins to have ever played the game. i hope one day they will be inducted into the hockey hall of fame
there’s tremendous sadness in the world of hockey today as the life of a hockey legend come to an end. pat quinn was an incredible man, player, coach and mentor who contributed so much to the game of hockey and brought so much joy to many fans across the nation. not only was he a key component of many great vancouver canucks moments, he was also a big part of countless nhl and hockey canada moments. everyone who’s worked with in the hockey community respects him so and compliments him with nothing but the highest regards. for me, he will forever be remembered as the man who drafted my idol trevor linden into the system and lead the 94 team into the stanley cup finals. he will be missed but not forgotten because he leaves behind a great legacy. pat quinn said it best, “follow your dreams, listen to your heart, obey your passion”
super awesome friend brought my jersey to canucks meet and greet to get some autographs, but i received much more than that. the trevor linden plaque with autograph was a big bonus and now a linden jersey would make my collection pretty extensive and complete. who knows maybe one day i will meet linden my long time childhood idol himself in person and take a photo with him
new president is the centre of all news and talk in vancouver these days. days after accepting the offer to be canucks new president, trevor is once again featured. best thing that happened this season that brings joy to my heart knowing this is exactly what the canucks needed and no doubt the place he belongs. what would i do to get a chance to personally meet trevor linden??
happy birthday to my most respected and beloved canucks of all time. he’s brought me so much joy and so much memories that i will never forget. been watching and admiring him since i was in grade 3, still remember all the memorable times he had as a canuck player and hope there will be a lot more to come as the president!! you are the reason why i like the canucks and the reason i continue to support the canucks through thick and thin. you are one of my greatest idol and that will never change