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.
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)