Henrik and Daniel Sedin to have numbers retired by Vancouver Canucks

Henrik and Daniel Sedin will have their jerseys retired by the Vancouver Canucks in February. (Photo by Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)
Henrik and Daniel Sedin will have their jerseys retired by the Vancouver Canucks in February. (Photo by Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)

Before the 2019 NHL Draft even got underway in Vancouver, the Canucks tipped their hat to a couple of their franchise’s legendary members on Friday night.

On stage with commissioner Gary Bettman, it was revealed that Henrik and Daniel Sedin will officially have their numbers retired by the Canucks in February.

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Henrik’s No. 22 and Daniel’s No. 33 will go up to the rafters of Rogers Arena as part of a week-long celebration honouring the two, according to a press release from the team.

"This is a tremendous honour that we couldn't have ever dreamt of when we first came to Vancouver as 18-year-olds," said Henrik, according to the release.

The twins played all 17 seasons of their NHL careers with the organization after being selected second and third overall in the 1999 Entry Draft.

"We could not have accomplished what we did in our careers without the support of our teammates, coaches, staff but most importantly, the fans," added Daniel, according to the release. "To be able to celebrate and thank them in February will be a special week for us and our families."

Their sweaters will join those of Stan Smyl, Trevor Linden, Markus Naslund and Pavel Bure.

The careers of both were strikingly similar. Henrik wrapped things up with 26 more regular season games played (1330 compared to 1306) and 39 more points (1070 compared to 1041).

The two were one of the most deadly and consistent offensive combinations during their time in the league. Henrik was the set-up man up the middle, Daniel the scorer on the left wing. And for the lucky few that had the opportunity to play on their right side, sparkling numbers were usually the result.

Players such as Anson Carter and Radim Vrbata enjoyed some of the best goal-scoring seasons of their lives while riding shotgun with the Swedes.

Although the Sedins never won a Stanley Cup, they scored a combined 42 points in 25 games when the Canucks came within one game of winning the title in 2011 against the Boston Bruins.

Henrik won the Art Ross Trophy and Hart Memorial Trophy in 2010, as well as the King Clancy Memorial Trophy in 2016. Meanwhile, Daniel earned himself the Art Ross and Ted Lindsay Award in 2011. The two shared the King Clancy in 2018.

The duo retired together following the 2017-18 season.

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