Former Canucks Captain Bo Horvat has written a letter thanking fans after nine seasons spent in Vancouver.
Horvat was dealt to the New York Islanders Monday afternoon for two players and a protected first-round draft pick, after months of contract negotiations proved unfruitful.
“To our Canucks family. The past 24 hours have been filled with an overwhelming number of memories from inside and outside of the rink,” reads the statement in part, posted to Instagram on Tuesday.
“Nine years ago you welcomed us to your beautiful city and province, and before long, you would make sure it felt like home.”
Coming to Vancouver as a 19-year-old and leaving as a 27-year-old father of two, one of the many highlights for Horvat was getting a chance to play alongside Henrik and Daniel Sedin.
“I remember meeting Daniel and Henrik that first year. Through them you could immediately feel the history, and the connection the team had with fans and the community… the respect everyone had for what it meant ‘to be a Canuck,'” he said.
“I was only 19, but I knew I was a part of a special place in the hockey world. I remember being determined to work hard, keep getting better and always bring my best effort.”
He also took time to thank his teammates, coaches, trainers and members of the organization along with the many people behind the scenes.
“To have been your captain, was a tremendous honour for us…It was beyond the wildest dreams of that 19-year-old who just wanted to fit in and earn your respect one day at a time.”
“The city of Vancouver and Canucks fans will always have a place in our hearts. Thank you.”