A native of Ornskoldsvik, Sweden, he was Pittsburgh Penguins' first round choice, 16th overall, in the 1991 NHL Entry Draft. He spent 12 years as a Canuck, as one of the greatest players to wear a Canucks jersey. His many accomplishments on- and off-ice are enumerated here and here.
The Vancouver Canucks' General Manager Mike Gillis issued the following statement:
“As an organization we would like to thank Markus Naslund for his 12 exemplary seasons in a Canucks sweater. Markus is one of the greatest athletes to ever represent the Canucks both on and off of the ice. His on-ice success sees him leave the organization among the club leaders in almost every offensive category.
We are very grateful for Markus’ commitment to our community, our fans and our team over the years. Markus and his wife Lotta have given generously of their time over the years to many worthy causes including; Canuck Place, BC Children’s Hospital and the Canucks for Kids Fund. We wish Markus, Lotta, and their three children the best of luck in the future.”
Who would be next Canuck captain? Could it be any of the following:
- Henrik Sedin;
- Daniel Sedin;
- Sami Salo;
- Ryan Kesler;
- Willie Mitchell;
- Taylor Pyatt;
- Alexandre Burrows;
- Brendan Morrison;
- Mattias Ohlund; or
- Roberto Luongo?