November 26, 2012

Home Town Heroes: Trevor Linden and the Medicine Hat Tigers


Here is a nice photo of a young Trevor Linden in his Medicine Hat Tigers jersey. His nose was even straight back then.

Linden was born in "the Hat," and grew up dreaming of playing junior hockey with the Tigers. For Linden playing for the Tigers was as much a hockey dream as playing in the National Hockey League. He idolized Lanny McDonald, Jim Nill and Tom Lysiak and Murray Craven, another local boy just a few years older than Linden. The would one day be NHL teammates playing in game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals together.

Before he headed to the NHL and to Vancouver to become "Mr. Canuck," Linden would be instrumental in both the 1987 and 1988 back-to-back Memorial Cup championships enjoyed by the Tigers. Mark Fitzpatrick, Mark Pederson, Rob Dimaio, Scott McCrady, Wayne McBean, Neil Wilkinson, Dean Chynoweth and Ryan McGill were all a part of that junior hockey dynasty.

Other notable Tigers over the years include all time leading scorer Al Conroy (446 points in just 266 games!) and second highest scorer Mike Lay who never did make it to the NHL. Neither did tiny Steve Tsujiura, a real dynamo.

NHL alumni from Medicine Hat does include Stacy Roest, Kelly Hrudey, Don "Murder" Murdoch, Pete Peeters, Eddie Johnstone, Rob Niedermayer, Joffrey Lupul and Mark Lamb.

Here is a complete history of the Medicine Hat Tigers.

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