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‘Captain Canuck’ honoured with Order of BC award

Linden scion of Dutch immigrant

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VICTORIA, BC - Vancouver Canucks’ hockey stalwart Trevor Linden is one of the fourteen people who recently were named to the Order of British Columbia. The Medicine Hat, Alberta born Linden in 1988 was a draft pick by the Canucks, when he was 18 years old.

In this year’s ceremonies, Linden, whose grandfather emigrated from the Netherlands, was joined by thirteen well-known individuals. Several others of Dutch origin in earlier years were named to the order.

Eligible for the prestigious provincial Order is any resident of British Columbia, or former long-term resident, who has demonstrated outstanding achievement, excellence or distinction in any field of endeavour benefiting the people of the Province or elsewhere.

Linden frequently visits B.C.’s Children Hospital and is a supporter and spokesman for the Canadian Cancer Society and the Cancer Society Lottery of Hope, and Canuck Place, a hospice for terminally ill children. In 1997, he was the recipient of the Gillette World Champion Award as the Canadian athlete who best exemplifies excellence in sports and compassion and humanitarianism off the ice.