The Vancouver Canucks will retire longtime captain Markus Naslund’s #19 to the rafters at Rogers Arena on Saturday, December 11th when the Canucks host the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Naslund retired from the NHL following the 2008.09 season as the Canucks all-time leader in points with 756. Naslund played 12 of his 15 NHL seasons in a Canucks uniform and was the captain between 2000.01 and 2007.08. In a Canucks uniform, Naslund led the team in scoring for a club record seven seasons, scored 30 or more goals six different times and enjoyed three consecutive seasons with 40 or more goals.
For his efforts, Naslund was the recipient of the Lester B. Pearson Award as the League’s Most Outstanding Player (as voted on by the players) in 2002.03 and was a First Team NHL All-Star in three consecutive seasons (2001.02, 2002.03, 2003.04). Naslund will join Stan Smyl and Trevor Linden as just the third player in Canucks history to receive the highest honour a club can bestow upon a player.
In addition to his on-ice success, Naslund, his wife Lotta and their children were committed to charitable initiatives in British Columbia. Throughout his 12 years in Vancouver, Naslund was devoted to supporting the Canucks signature charities and helping raise funds for those in need. For many years he hosted underprivileged children in “Nazzy’s Suite 19” and was deeply connected with Canuck Place and BC Children’s Hospital throughout his entire career in Vancouver.