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Markus Naslund

Posted on: May 4, 2009 8:30 pm
Edited on: May 6, 2009 11:52 am
It was officially announced today that Markus Naslund (35) will be retiring from the NHL. Naslund spent 15 years in the NHL, starting his career in Pittsburgh, and then moving on to the Vancouver Canucks, where he spent the bulk of his career (11 seasons). Naslund released a statement today about his retirement
"I would like to sincerely thank Glen Sather and the New York Rangers for giving me the opportunity this past season in New York," Naslund said. "I would also like to thank the Vancouver Canucks and all of their fans for their support over the 11-plus seasons I was a part of their organization, as well as to the Pittsburgh Penguins where I began my NHL career."
Although he never won a cup, he did have quite a few minor accomplishments that I feel are worth mentioning...

  • Canucks Franchise Goals Leader: 346
  • Canucks Franchise Points Leader: 756
  • Canucks Franchise Hat-tricks Leader (tied with Tony Tanti): 10
  • Canucks Franchise Record For Single-Season Points By A Left Wing: 104 (2002-2003)
  • Canucks Team Awards: Cyclone Taylor Award (5), Cyrus H. McLean Trophy (7), Most Exciting Player Award (2), Molson Cup (3)
  • 5 Time All-Star (1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004) registering 3 goals, 6 assists (9 points)
  • Nominated For Hart Memorial Trophy (2003)
  • Won Lester B. Pearson Award (2003)

Then there were his Junior accomplishments
  • World Juniors All-Star Team (1993)
  • Silver Medalist in 1992 (Germany) and 1993 (Sweden)
  • In 14 games overall, he registered 21 goals, 13 assists (34 points)
World Championships
  • Silver Medalist in 1993 (Germany)
  • Bronze Medalist in 1999 (Norway) and 2002 (Sweden)
  • In 31 games overall, he registered 10 goals, 11 assists (21 points)
Not exactly a career of HUGE accomplishments, but I collected the moments worth mentioning. He went out and did his job as best as he could. He had a solid career, and I'm sure Canucks fans will agree that he's a very classy guy and deserves a standing ovation for his effort

Category: NHL

Since: Oct 1, 2007
Posted on: May 6, 2009 4:29 pm

Markus Naslund

Yeah i don't know if they will retire his number or anything ... i think they should ... but they will def have a "Naslund Night" with some sort of ceremony. 
He was a good player and played ok for the Rangers ... but i'm not going to shed a tear if for no other reason than this means that an extra 4 mil of cap room is now available that we didn't expect. 

Since: Jan 15, 2008
Posted on: May 5, 2009 12:02 am

Markus Naslund

They really should do something in his honor.It's not often you come across an athlete that sticks with a team through thick and thin.He gave them 10+ years of his career, the bulk of it.A class act.He deserves something.I'm sure his number will end up in the rafters in Vancouver at some point, and it's well deserved

Since: Apr 23, 2009
Posted on: May 4, 2009 10:42 pm

Markus Naslund

I heard today that he was also a 3 time first team All-Star. It will be interesting if the Canucks honour Nasland. I think that they should.

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