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Driving B.C. forward presented by Dueck GM: Trevor Linden

Trevor Linden returned to hockey as an executive in April of 2014, and continues to give back to the community in various ways; in 2003 Linden received the Order of British Columbia

Through this 12-part series, Dueck GM salutes B.C.’s entrepreneurs who are driving growth and innovation in the local business community. This month’s driving force is hockey legend and accomplished businessman Trevor Linden.

A professional hockey player from Medicine Hat, Alberta, Trevor Linden is one of Canada’s most respected athletes. Throughout his 20-year NHL career, Linden was recognized for his leadership, commitment, talent and character­—both on and off the ice. He played in 1506 NHL games, scored 409 goals with 557 assists and was named an NHL all-star in 1991 and 1992.

In addition to his many on-ice accomplishments, Linden was the recipient of many off-ice awards including the Order of British Columbia (2003), in recognition of excellence and lifetime achievement, and the Order of Canada (2010), given in recognition of a lifetime of outstanding dedication to community and service to the nation. His work in the community continues through the Trevor Linden Foundation, which supports youth development programs that encourage young people to discover their strengths and realize
their potential.

Fitness and sport continue to be a big part of Linden’s life. He is an active partner in Club16/Trevor Linden Fitness and enjoys cycling and cross-country skiing.

What’s your favourite car?
My favourite car is the Cadillac Escalade.
Why do you choose Dueck as your preferred dealership?
I choose Dueck because it’s a family-owned group and it’s dependable and trustworthy.
What was your first job?
It was picking up golf balls at the Medicine Hat Golf Course driving range.

What was your big break?
I would have to say my first big break was getting the chance to play for my hometown team, the Medicine Hat Tigers.

Who has been a mentor in your life, and contributed to your success?
Without question Pat Quinn was instrumental in shaping me as a person and as a leader.

How would you describe your leadership style?
My style is to treat people with respect and lead by example.

What are some things you like to do when you have time away from the office?
I love riding my bike in the summer, and skiing, mountaineering and cross-country skiing in the winter.

If you had all the time in the world, what would be your dream road trip?
It would be driving through Zion National Park, doing some hiking and winding up at Amangiri near Lake Powell.

What would you say are three elements of your best road trip?
I would definitely say my wife, Cristina, my Cadillac Escalade and a Kenny Chesney greatest-hits playlist.

What’s your favourite quote?
My dad told me when I was a kid: “A smart person knows he’s really not that smart and never stops asking questions and learning better ways to do things.”

Where are your three favourite spots to eat in the city?
Vancouver is a great food city so I could easily list my 10 favourites. If I had to choose three I would say Nook, Hawksworth and Tacofino.

What type of music is playing from your radio when you’re driving?
I love all kinds of music but probably listen to country more often.

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