Published: Tue, April 03, 2018
Sport | By Ashley Hunter

Daniel and Henrik Sedin announce their retirement

Daniel and Henrik Sedin announce their retirement

Daniel and Henrik announced their plans to retire at the conclusion of the season and will attempt to quietly and humbly play out their final three games for the only National Hockey League franchise they've ever known. "But it became clear, after discussions with our families throughout the year, that this will be our last season", they said.

"We want to share these final three games with you", they wrote.

They were drafted back-to-back in the first round of the 1999 NHL Entry Draft (Daniel 2nd, Henrik 3rd).

The pair made the news public by penning a "thank you" letter to fans of the Canucks. With only three games left in the schedule for the Canucks and with the team not making the postseason, fans, the NHL as a whole and admirers of the game of hockey are shocked, but not completely surprised to see one of the most dynamic duos in the history of the NHL hang it up.

Mark my words, they're going in the only way they know how: together. "We tried to treat it that way". Daniel, a goal-scoring winger, has scored 51.

Daniel and Henrik were born in September 1980 in Sweden, with Henrik arriving six minutes before his brother.

Henrik won the Art Ross Trophy as the league's leading point-getter in 2009-2010, and Daniel achieved the same honor a year later.

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They were also both part of Sweden's 2006 gold medal-winning Olympic team, each recording four points: a goal and three assists for Daniel, and three goals and an assist for Henrik.

Criticized relentlessly early in their careers with the Vancouver Canucks for being too slow and too soft - among other things - Henrik and Daniel Sedin persevered to elevate themselves among the NHL's most dominant players for almost a decade.

They closed the letter by saying, "In the meantime, we still have some games to play, and we still have some work to do".

This was evident when the other missed games because of injury, and was especially noticeable at the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi when Henrik stayed back in Vancouver to nurse a nagging rib injury. It was time for the 37-year-old twins to focus on homework and birthday parties and kids' activities and family dinners, on life after hockey.

Two sure-fire Hall of Famers, Henrik Sedin has 1,068 points (240 goals, 828 assists) in 1,327 regular-season games, while Daniel Sedin has 1,038 points (391 goals, 647 assists) in his 1,303 outings.

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. We know there is a bright future for the Canucks.

And even though they won't be donning the Canucks sweater after the team finishes the season in Edmonton on Saturday, they won't be leaving their adopted home anytime soon. "This is our family's home", reads the letter.

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