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Hands, vision, hockey IQ and telekinesis — the Sedin twins had it all.
Daniel and Henrik announced their plans to retire at the conclusion of the season and will attempt to quietly and humbly play out their final three games for the only NHL franchise they’ve ever known.
The pair announced the news through a statement on the team’s website Monday afternoon.
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 lessons on weekends. It’s time to be 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 supported us. You’ve all been with us every step of the way, and we want to thank you.
The two have been staples in the Canucks’ top-six for the better part of 17 years after being selected No. 2 and 3 overall in the 1999 draft. They highlight a select group of Canucks all-time greats which also includes Pavel Bure, Trevor Linden and Markus Naslund, and will retire ranking at least in the Top 3 in Canucks history in most major regular season and playoff offensive categories.
Upon publication of the news, hockey media from across North America and Europe chimed in on the marvelous career the brothers put forth in Vancouver, sharing stories of selflessness, community involvement, fiery competitiveness, dominance on the ice, and of some of the top-notch trickery the twins have produced thanks to their literally-identical appearance and demeanour.
Favourite Sedin Twins tale, Henrik waved out of a draw, goes to talk to Daniel at the hashmarks to go over strategy with Daniel supposed to replace him on the faceoff, but Henrik glides back in without ref noticing.
— Lance Hornby (@sunhornby) April 2, 2018
But the optical similarities shared between the two is rivalled only by their ability to read each other and connect on the ice in a way no two players in the history of the game ever have.
Here’s a few of the brilliant, absurd, and magical plays and shifts the Sedin’s have teamed up to produce over their illustrious careers.
Between-the-legs ridiculousness against the Flames in 2010:
One of the best single shifts in recent NHL memory:
Another shift that just makes no sense, from over a decade ago:
The magic didn’t just happen in a Canucks jersey, either:
A whole lot of one-touch magic — the Sedin speciality:
They’re twins, by the way:
Henrik’s 1,000th career point off a nifty feed from Daniel, of course:
The brothers showed a fair share of chemistry off the ice, too:
A whole bunch of wizardry spread out over a couple of incredible careers:
Goodnight, sweet prince(s).
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