Every now and then there's a professional athlete that has the perspective to realize that they are indeed a role model, makes a difference in their community, makes a difference for their sport, and gives back to the fans who make them what they are. Trevor Linden is one such individual. Drafted second over all by the Vancouver Canucks, he was the face of the franchise for years. He donated countless hours of his time to Canucks' Place and other children's charities. In 1994 he took the Canucks all the way to game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals. He worked tirelessly for the NHLPA; standing up for player's rights and crafting the revenue sharing/salary cap model that is allowing the NHL to thrive today. It's too bad you don't see Trevor's attributes in even a small percentage of his fellow professionals.
Last night the Canucks retired Trevor's jersey. Check out the montage and live highlights from last night's presentation. A Western Canadian kid who's done us all proud: