Canucks name Trevor Linden president of hockey operations

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On Wednesday morning the Vancouver Canucks officially announced the hiring of long-time former captain Trevor Linden as the organization's president of hockey operations. 

In his front office role Linden will be responsible for "all hockey operations, including the coaching and scouting staffs, player procurement and development, and minor league affiliations and operations." 

That's a diverse portfolio, especially for a guy who has never worked in an NHL front office (or a minor-league front office, for that matter).

"We believe in Trevor's leadership abilities," Canucks owner Francesco Aquilini said in a team release. "His 20 years of NHL experience including seven as team captain, his role as NHLPA President, community leader and businessman offers a very special skill set; one that will positively shape the direction of this club in the future."

Added Linden: "Today is a real honour. I came to Vancouver 26 years ago and I have never left. I love this city. It is my home and the Canucks have always been part of my family."

Linden will be officially introduced at a press conference at 1:30 pm EST.