Monday, 12 November, 2018

Sedin Twins Announce Retirement From NHL

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Adrian Cunningham | 04 April, 2018, 01:37

Since 2008-09, it is estimated that Henrik Sedin completed 5,497 passes that resulted in shot attempts, which is third in the National Hockey League in that span. Daniel Sedin ranks ninth, with an estimated 4,936 setup passes. At 37 years old, their futures, with the Canucks or otherwise, were up in the air, but they had previously said they did not want to play with another franchise. That they are retiring is no surprise.

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

"The start of the National Hockey League season is a busy time for players and their families", Munro said.

Daniel and Henrik were drafted by the Canucks second and third overall in 1999, respectively, and have played alongside each other in Vancouver ever since. They showed this season they can still play and produce and there is something noble about going out with some gas left in the tank rather than being shown the door because the league has passed them by. On an individual basis, they scooped up accolades throughout their careers. He also won the King Clancy Trophy in 2016 for his leadership and humanitarian efforts. He also led the league in scoring with 104 points in 2010-2011 and was named the Ted Lindsay award victor, the league's most outstanding player as voted on by the players. That he lost the Hart to Anaheim's Corey Perry (voted on by the media) was controversial.

But why stop there?

Some have said it's a shame they never could deliver a Stanley Cup championship to Vancouver, but there is a long list of Hockey Hall of Famers who haven't hoisted the prized mug.

On Tuesday, the Sedins will try to help the Canucks extend their current four-game win streak and pad their individual season point totals. It is hard to imagine how special it was for Daniel and Henrik to play together their entire career.

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Forever the consummate team players, the Sedins will slug it out to the bitter end with their teammates as they have for 17 seasons in Canucks colours. There's the impact of Brock Boeser, the promise of Elias Pettersson, Jonathan Dahlen, Adam Gaudette and Thatcher Demko.

The Sedins went on to note the ongoing rebuilding project for the franchise, led by coach Travis Green, and the need to infuse more youth into the lineup.

But they leave as titans.

Daniel won the Art Ross in 2010-11 with 104 points.

"We want to share these final three games with you", the Sedins say in the letter. We wish them all the best for whatever comes next in their careers. Now that we know they're there, we've got to get ready and make sure we're set.

Known for their tireless work in the community, the pair have remained committed to the Canucks through a painful rebuild the last three seasons that seems to finally be taking shape. No doubt there will be a lot of tears in Vancouver and a lot of respect from the Oilers faithful during those contests. It was a historical moment seeing both twins being picked back-to-back by the same team - two guys with incredible talent that would be the cornerstones of the Canucks' franchise for almost two decades.