This is it.
After 18 years playing for the Vancouver Canucks, Henrik and Daniel Sedin have announced that they will be retiring after this season, which has just three games left.
They announced their decision in a letter to Canucks fans on Monday:
Dear Canucks fans,
Earlier this year we wrote a letter to the city, and to everyone who has supported us for the past 18 years. Many people were asking what the future holds. We said we’d take it one year at a time. We said when the time was right, we’d talk with our families and sit down with management to discuss it.
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.
Being part of the Canucks family for 18 seasons has been the best period of our lives. But it’s time to focus on our families and life after hockey. It’s time to help with homework every night. It’s time to be at every birthday party and to stand in the cold at every hockey rink, soccer game and riding lesson on weekends. It’s time to be at home for dinner every night.
We’re saying it now because we want to share these final three games with you. We also want to share these games with our families, friends, teammates, coaches, trainers, staff and everyone at the Canucks who have supported us. You’ve all been with us every step of the way, and we want to thank you.
It’s time to let the next generation of young players lead the Canucks. Travis is building a strong culture and emphasizes a style of play we know will be successful. The team is in great hands, with people who care about its success and it’s headed in the right direction. We know there is a bright future for the Canucks.
As we’ve said before, Vancouver has become home. This is our family’s home. We plan to be part of this community long after we retire. Vancouver has given us so much and we’ve tried to give everything we have in return. That won’t change.
In the meantime, we still have some games to play, and we still have some work to do.
Henrik and Daniel
Vancouver has two home games remaining: Tuesday against Vegas and Thursday against Arizona. Vancouver’s final game of the season is in Edmonton on Saturday.
Expect an outpouring of love and support from fans in the final two home games for Henrik and Daniel, who rank first and second all-time in Canucks scoring. Likely destined for the Hall of Fame, the Sedins have been Hall of Fame citizens of Vancouver ever since their arrival in 2000.
The best and classiest players in team history, Henrik and Daniel have played their entire careers with the Canucks, combining for 2630 games and 2107 points.
Even at age 37, the Sedins have proven they can still be productive players. Daniel is second in team scoring with 52 points (just three points back of Brock Boeser for the team lead), while Henrik is third with 48 points.
Durable players throughout their careers, Henrik is one of two players on the team to have appeared in every game this season. Daniel has missed just one game.