Daniel, Henrik Sedin to Retire from NHL After 18 Seasons with Canucks

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistApril 2, 2018

Vancouver Canucks' Daniel Sedin (22) talks with teammate and twin brother Henrik Sedin (33) in the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Minnesota Wild, Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017, in St. Paul, Minn. Vancouver won 1-0. (AP Photo/Stacy Bengs)
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Vancouver Canucks stars Daniel and Henrik Sedin announced in a letter to Canucks fans on NHL.com on Monday that they would be retiring following the 2017-18 season.

Below is an excerpt from that letter:      

"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."

The Canucks' playoff hopes ended March 14 with a loss to the Anaheim Ducks. The team is sitting at just 69 points, second-worst in the Western Conference. It will be the organization's third straight season without a postseason berth after it reached the playoffs in 11 of the 14 prior campaigns.

That string of consistency was due in large part to the 37-year-old twins, who formed one of the NHL's most fearsome top lines in their primes. Daniel, the younger brother by six minutes, was the sniper, notching 20 or more goals 11 times in his career. Henrik was the playmaker, with at least 50 assists in a season eight times. He also won the 2009-10 Hart Memorial Trophy as league MVP.

Henrik is sixth among active players with 1,068 points, while Daniel is seventh with 1,038 points. 

The pair didn't win a Stanley Cup, as their lone Final appearance in 2011 ended with a loss to the Boston Bruins in seven games, but they did lead Sweden to an Olympic gold in the 2006 Winter Games in Torino, Italy.

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