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Original Canucks captain Orland Kurtenbach and current Canuck Henrik Sedin are pictured wearing the new, third sweater for the 2010-11 season.

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The Vancouver Canucks will unveil a Ring of Honour on opening night, and will retire former captain Markus Naslund's No. 19 during a season-long celebration of the team's 40th anniversary.

Naslund's big day will come on Dec. 11, at home against the Tampa Bay Lightning, when his sweater will be raised to the rafters to join Stan Smyl and Trevor Linden as just the third retired number in club history. Naslund retired from the NHL after the 2008-09 season as the organization's career leading scorer.

"For me, it was a no-brainer," general manager Mike Gillis said Wednesday night during the Canucks Summer Summit, an event for 2,000 season-ticket holders at the Rogers Arena.

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Vancouver will also establish a Ring of Honour at their newly named arena, and will induct the franchise's original captain, Orland Kurtenbach, as its first member.

"It's as great an honour as being the first captain of the Canucks," Kurtenbach said.

The Canucks will have four Ring-of-Honour nights during the season, but have not named the other inductees. Each one will have a permanent in-arena display, and the individuals will be feted with on-ice ceremonies before the games.

The team will also wear the team's original sweater for several games during the 2010-11 NHL season. The sweater includes the team's 40th anniversary mark on the front, but just the player's number - and not surname - on the back.

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