Canucks forward Linden reportedly to retire after 18 seasons

After 18 seasons, Trevor Linden appears ready to hang up his skates.

TSN of Canada is reporting that the longtime Canucks center will announce his retirement at a Wednesday news conference in Vancouver.

A two-time All-Star, Linden began his career with Vancouver as an 18-year-old in 1988. He scored 32 goals for the 1993-94 Canucks team that lost to the New York Rangers in the Stanley Cup finals.

In 1998, the fan favorite was traded to the New York Islanders for Todd Bertuzzi, Bryan McCabe and a third-round pick. Stints with the Montreal Canadiens and Washington Capitals followed before Linden returned to the Canucks for the 2002-03 season.

Linden would finish his career with 375 goals and 492 assists. He also distinguished himself by being the
president of the National Hockey League Players' Association leading up to the 2004-05 work stoppage.