Henrik and Daniel Sedin were two players unlike any other the Vancouver Canucks, and the NHL for that matter, had ever seen.
As such, the team is planning a big celebration for the greatest players in franchise history, just not right away.
In a rare interview, Canucks owner Francesco Aquilini spoke to Sportsnet 650 on Thursday and confirmed that the plan is to honour the Sedins next season, as part of the team’s 50th anniversary.
“We’re probably going to retire the Sedins’ jerseys next year in the 50th anniversary,” Aquilini said. “So they’re talking to the league now, setting the game up. Henrik and Daniel are a big part of this community, they’ve given back so much, they’re iconic players and iconic people.
“We’re going to really do something special for them and it’s not going to be just one night. It could be a week-long festivities. We’re really excited about that. They’re starting to plan.”
Henrik and Daniel Sedin finished their careers atop the Canucks’ all-time scoring leaders – the only two players in franchise history to score more than a thousand points.
No. 22 and 33 will become the fifth and sixth numbers to be officially retired in franchise history, joining Stan Smyl (12), Trevor Linden (16), Markus Naslund (19), and Pavel Bure (10).