The story of two incredible careers came to an end last Saturday as Daniel and Henrik Sedin closed out the Canucks season on the road in Edmonton. While they couldn’t ice the cake with another win, the Sedins found their storybook ending in their final home game against Arizona on Thursday, where Henrik fed Daniel for the game winner in overtime to cap off a two-point night for both brothers.
The span of the twins’ 16-year career has been nothing but ordinary. During the Sedins’ prime, the lines that they played on were known to keep their opponents trapped in their own zone for extended shifts, eventually scoring when the defence was beyond tired. Their near-telepathic passes to each other graced highlight reels game after game. With Daniel being the goal-scorer and Henrik being the playmaker, the brothers’ vision on-ice and chemistry still runs unparalleled in the league.
However, what fans will miss the most of the Sedins is the way they carried themselves on and off the ice. They have always been class acts in how they interacted with fans, as well has having made numerous contributions to communities in Vancouver.
My favourite memory of the Sedins was the incredible goal they pulled off in 2013 when Henrik made a bank pass off the boards to Daniel against the Red Wings. It was an exemplary play that displayed just how synchronised the two brothers were on the ice. I also remember the final week of the 2009–10 season, when Henrik was chasing a scoring title for the first time in his career after he closed out the season with a four-point game against the Flames, in which he also set up a hat-trick for Daniel. He had finished the year with 112 points, and I remember waking up early the next day to closely follow Alex Ovechkin in his final game of the year, where he needed three points to catch up with Henrik and win the title. He was kept off the scoresheet and Henrik ended up with the Art Ross, and I don’t think I have ever followed a single player that closely to cheer them on to chase a title. That was the impact the Sedins had on me as a hockey fan.
Aside from defencemen Alexander Edler and Chris Tanev, the Sedins are the only members of the 2011 squad that took the Boston Bruins to seven games in that year’s Cup Final. Within the collective psyche of Canucks fans, not only have they lost two cornerstones of the team, but two tremendous leaders as well.
Again, thank you, Daniel and Henrik Sedin. We’ll see you again on the rafters.
Above Photo: Daniel and Henrik Sedin salute Canucks fans in their final home game. (Rich Lam, Getty Images)