Vancouver Canucks forwards Daniel and Henrik Sedin announced that they will be retiring at the end of the 2017-18 season. The 37 year old twins have played in the NHL for 17 seasons, all with Vancouver. They led the Canucks to the Cup finals in 2011 but lost to the Boston Bruins.
In a goodbye letter to the Canucks, the Sedins said they are very comfortable with the decision to retire at the end of the season. They said it became very clear to them throughout the season that this would be their last year.
The Sedins were drafted second and third overall in the 1999 NHL draft after the Canucks made some trades to grab both the brothers. The Sedins are probable Hall of Famers as both had tremendous careers. Henrik has 1068 points (240 goals, 828 assists) in 1327 regular season games and also won the Art Ross Trophy in 2009-10 as the league’s top scorer with 112 points. That same year he also won the Hart Trophy as the league’s MVP.
Daniel has also had a tremendous career. He has recorded 1038 points (391 goals, 647 assists) in 1303 games. Daniel won the Art Ross the year after his brother (2010-11) with 104 points and also won the Ted Lindsay Award as the league’s MVP as voted by the players.
Many fans may pick on the Sedins, including Boston fans, but it’s not the time for that now. It’s time to marvel at the outstanding career they had. They’ll be in the Hall of Fame some day and i’m sure the Canucks will be retiring their numbers at some point.
The Sedin’s are great guys on and off the ice. Congratulations to them in all that they’ve accomplished. If you’d like to read their official goodbye letter, click here.
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