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Sedinery Defoliated. Twins Announce Retirement

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17 years of magic gone in 3 games

Sedins congratulate King on goal
Let the good tears roll
Photo by Jeff Vinnick/Getty Images

We knew it could be over this season. We knew they wouldn’t reveal until the day before the last penultimate home game. Because their focus was always on the team, not on their twin modesties.

They were some hints through the trudging in the troughs of loss this season that they weren’t coming back. Hanging on for leftover glory isn’t their style.

Here’s their official resignation letter.

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

That last phrase is key. Does it mean we’re going on a deep Cup run? I think it does. While it has been lurking alone by a lagoon in the tropics, Westy Destiny could have been playing us, the league and possibly the entire internet.

We had the privilege to enjoy Sedin magic for decades. Let’s watch some again.

Poll

Was this the year for the Sedins to retire?

This poll is closed

  • 41%
    Yes. Dammit!
    (49 votes)
  • 28%
    No. We deserved an 80 game farewell season
    (34 votes)
  • 29%
    Oh..man...let me get back to you in the summer
    (35 votes)
118 votes total Vote Now

The end of an amazing era.

Thank you Hank and Danny for sharing your magic with us for 17 seasons. Consummate pros on and off the ice. You’ve set the bar pretty high for pro hockey players in Vancouver. We hope some of the young guys will reach deep to fit into your tall skates.

We’ll miss you, but will enjoy watching you hoist the Cup at Westy’s in June!