‘Thank you captain Bo’: Hockey world reacts to Canucks trading Horvat

Vancouver Canucks' Bo Horvat skates to toss a stick into the crowd after being named the first star of an NHL hockey game against the Columbus Blue Jackets in Vancouver, on Friday, January 27, 2023.

The Vancouver Canucks have traded Bo Horvat to the New York Islanders in exchange for Anthony Beauvillier, Aatu Raty and a top 12 protected first-round pick.

A beloved figure throughout his Canucks career, Horvat played 621 career NHL with the Canucks, scoring 201 goals and dishing out 219 assists. He was selected by Vancouver ninth overall in the 2013 NHL draft.

Horvat was named the team’s captain before the 2019-20 season and was the first player to wear the ‘C’ since Henrik Sedin retired in 2018.

The 27-year-old joins an Islanders team who is currently in the thick of a tight Eastern Conference playoff race, currently sitting fourth in the conference’s wild-card standings with a record of 25-22-5.

And even though it was an expected move, because of his character, the Twitter reaction from both sides has been both entertaining and emotional.

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