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The Sedin Brothers will retire as they may have not won a cup, but they left a legacy of how to be true professionals.
By Chris Yackel
In a letter titled, “Thank You Canucks Fans – A Letter from Daniel and Henrik Sedin the two legendary brothers announced that these final three games of the season will be the final games of their career. In this letter that can be found on NHL.com, the two stated, “We started the year with the mindset that a decision would be made in the postseason. But it became clear after discussions with our families throughout the year, that this will be our last season. This feels right for all of us.”
The two brothers both were set to become unrestricted free agents and by the start of the regular season both would have turned 38. This announcement comes at a bit of a surprise as both are still playing at a decently high level. Although the days of Art Ross Trophies, and Hart Trophies have passed the twins by, Henrik currently has 48 points while Daniel currently has 52.
However, the Canucks have been rebuilding the last couple of seasons as young talent is starting to emerge as well with the likes of Brock Boeser and Bo Horvat leading the way. The Sedins maybe could have stuck around another season or two, but they are smart and realized that it is time for them to pass the torch to this new generation of Vancouver Canucks. This just shows how selfless and humble the brothers are.
The legacy that the Sedin brothers have left not only on the city of Vancouver, but the rest of the NHL is truly special. The two brothers played the game with both dignity and class and were both great role models for the Canucks organization, the city of Vancouver, the NHL and a generation of hockey fans that wanted to be just like the Sedin brothers. The brothers put up some great numbers in Vancouver in fact, they put up the best numbers. Both Henrik and Daniel rank at the top in points in Canucks history. Henrik leading with 1,068 points and Daniel right behind him with 1,038 points.
With all of this accomplishment the Sedins unfortunately never reached their ultimate goal and that was winning the Stanley Cup. They came close in 2011 as they went to Game 7 against the Bruins, but they just couldn’t get it done. As unfortunate as it is that will not define these two players. They were both as professional as you can get as hockey players, were universally beloved throughout the league and defined the word class. The effect the Sedin brothers left on the game of hockey is indeed extraordinary and both will be rewarded for what they’ve done. The Sedin brothers will get hockey’s greatest award and that’s being enshrined in the Hall of Fame in the not so distant future.
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