With just one week remaining before the Vancouver Canucks kick off “Sedin Week,” the team has revealed details about how they plan to celebrate the two greatest careers in franchise history.
Highlighting the week will be when Henrik and Daniel Sedin get their jersey numbers officially retired on Wednesday, February 12, prior to the Canucks’ game against the Chicago Blackhawks.
An hour-long pre-game ceremony will begin at 6 pm, with puck drop not taking place until 7:30 (the pre-game warm-up will occur at 7 pm).
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Fans will be able to enter Rogers Arena at 4:30 pm — well ahead of usual — and enjoy a free Budweiser in a limited edition Sedin twin can (non-alcoholic options also available). Special Sedin Night t-shirts and game night magazines will also be handed out to fans.
Canucks players will wear Sedin jerseys in warmup and special helmet decals for the game.
The on-ice ceremony will be emceed by Sportsnet’s John Shorthouse, with the Sedins joined by close family and friends, as well as key teammates, coaches, and executives.
Linden and Naslund will be there, but Bure won’t
The Sedins will also be celebrated prior to their game against the Nashville Predators on Monday, February 10.
The celebration is being billed as “Legends Night,” with Trevor Linden, Markus Naslund, and Stan Smyl participating in a pre-game ceremony beginning at 6:45. This will be the first time back for Linden (at least publicly) since he and the Canucks “amicably” parted ways in the summer of 2018.
Noticeably absent from that list of legends is Pavel Bure, who along with Linden, Naslund, and Smyl, are the only Canucks players to have had their jersey numbers raised to the rafters.
“Having my jersey retired in Vancouver is one of the greatest honours of my life. I was hoping to be there next week but unfortunately it just isn’t possible,” said Bure in a statement released by the Canucks. “The fans, the city and the Canucks mean so much to me and I know the celebrations will be great. Congratulations to Henrik and Daniel, and good luck to everyone as you push for the playoffs. I look forward to seeing you again soon.”
The Canucks will wear their black Flying Skate jerseys for the occasion, while a revamped “Legends Locker Room” will be unveiled at section 317, presumably with a Sedin addition.
Rare white jersey night
The third and final game of Sedin Week will celebrate Henrik and Daniel’s widespread off-ice contributions to the community and province.
Joining the twins for the pre-game ceremony, which begins at 1:45 pm before Sunday’s 2 pm matinee game against the Anaheim Ducks, will be children from organizations that have been positively impacted by the Sedin family.
Canucks players will wear Sedin jerseys in warmup, and the team will suit up in white primary jerseys for the game — something usually reserved for road games.