Published: Wed, April 04, 2018
Life&Culture | By Peggy Hughes

Long-time Canucks Daniel, Henrik Sedin announce National Hockey League retirement in letter to fans

Long-time Canucks Daniel, Henrik Sedin announce National Hockey League retirement in letter to fans

Legendary Canucks forwards Daniel and Henrik Sedin will retire from the National Hockey League at the end of the 2017-18 season.

The Sedin twins have been the face of the franchise since they were drafted second and third overall in 1999, and led the Canucks to within one game of winning the Stanley Cup in the 2010/11 season, but they ended up getting shut out by Conn Smythe trophy victor Tim Thomas and the Boston Bruins in Game 7. Treat us the same way.

But the otherwise meaningless game will be quite different.

The Sedins' retirement marks the end of an incredible era of NHL hockey for the brothers. The 18-year veterans are retiring after helping the Canucks become competitive in the early 2000s, and then come within one game of winning the 2011 Stanley Cup before rebuilding again.

"There's been a lot of talk", Henrik Sedin said during a lunchtime press conference at Rogers Arena. "We felt the longer the season went, it became clearer to us this was going to be our previous year".

When a pass didn't seem possible, Henrik and Daniel Sedin found a way to make it happen, even if it meant passing the puck through a goaltender's legs or over the head of a defenceman. "We're really comfortable where we're at". They played as brothers for the same team from the moment they were drafted, stayed together for 18 years and will retire together.

Henrik has accumulated 1,069 career points along with the Art Ross Trophy and Hart Trophy.

Henrik Sedin, the captain since 2010, has 240 goals and 828 assists (1,068 points) in 1,327 games played, while Daniel, an alternate captain, has recorded 391 goals and 647 assists (1,038 points) in 1,303 games.

They also have given millions of dollars and time to many charities.

The letter summed up everything hockey fans know about the twin brothers who always stayed classy and professional beyond compare but wowed audiences with their ability and nearly sixth sense to know where the other would be at all times.

My pet theory had always been that once the Sedins were done in Vancouver, they would sign on to play one more year or two with MoDo, the Swedish team they grew up with in Ornskoldsvik, the legendary hockey town that also produced Markus Naslund, Peter Forsberg and Victor Hedman. "I know the league will miss them and what they brought to the game".

On Tuesday, the Sedins will try to help the Canucks extend their current four-game win streak and pad their individual season point totals. The Golden Knights became the first National Hockey League expansion team to qualify for the playoffs. We played hard and worked hard all season long, so it's a great accomplishment.

"Danny got a cut on his face the first year and got stitches and we were all excited", chuckled Burke of the identifier everyone in the Canucks organization used to differentiate the lads from Ornskoldsvik. It's all about the playoffs. "I'm sure they both feel they want to go out on top, and feel like they can probably still play another handful of years". They have big hearts and they care for more than just themselves ...

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