<a href="http://cdn.nhl.com/canucks/images/upload/2009/12/dec2109_linden_b.jpg" border="0"><img src="http://cdn.nhl.com/canucks/images/upload/2009/12/dec2109_linden_t.jpg" class="imageFloatLeftFramed"></a>Well, Ladies and Gents...This is my first AfghaniBlog and it is starting on a very positive note.
This week for me hasn't really been very easy, on the 19th of December I was in the Role 3 hospital having surgery on my lower back to remove a growth, I know, not at all rough compared to the other troops I was sharing the Ward with.
I am having to miss duty for the next 8 days due to not being able to sit down or move around properly, so not being with my crew or at work really bummed me out, not until I received something today I will cherish for the rest of my life.
My mom had written a very nice letter to Trevor Linden sometime in October, sharing my story and referring him to my upcoming article in the November 29th issue of 'Canuck Nation' in the Vancouver Province Newspaper (I just found out about said letter earlier in the evening). My Sgt came into my room tonight and handed me a 'FEDEX' parcel stamped with the Vancouver Canucks address, I had no idea what to expect. To my amazement I pulled out a blue Vancouver Canucks jersey with the big '16' and 'LINDEN' on the back with a big signature running north to south along the '6' I instantly recognized the penmanship of the one and only, Trevor Linden, as I have an autographed picture of him I received as a young boy when I used to write to all the Canucks players.
I sat there for a few minutes in utter shock, turning the jersey over and running my fingers over the stitching, It is like a dream come true. I wanted to write this blog reminding everybody that Mr. Vancouver Canuck, The heart and soul of the franchise, The man who we all got misty eye'd over when they raised his number into the rafters is still a total class act.
Trevor, it's people like you who are not only heroes and role models to many people out there, from young hockey players, to just regular joe's such as myself who had the thrill of watching you play for our favorite team, that make my job really easy and gives me a solid reminder of why I would serve my country at the drop of a hat.
Thanks again, Trevor and to the management/front office staff who made this possible for me.
I will be in the seats on January 25th cheering until i lose my voice as the Canucks host the Sabres.
GO CANUCKS GO!