Daniel and Henrik Sedin are retiring from the NHL.
Read that again, twice if you have to.
Shake your head all you want, yelling "NO" won't help either. The Sedins have made up their minds and the three final games of the 2017-18 season will be the last of their illustrious NHL careers.
How does one even start to pay tribute to the twins, the 37-year-old brothers who have almost identically rewritten Canucks franchise history books with their dominant play since they entered the league in 2000-2001?
The records speak for themselves: Henrik is the highest-scoring player in team history; he's also the club leader in assists, games, power play points and plus/minus. Additionally, Henrik ranks seventh in goals, third in game-winning goals, ninth in power play goals and shorthanded goals, sixth in shots and first in both faceoffs taken and faceoffs won, and is Vancouver's ironman with a record of 679 consecutive games played.
Daniel, the second highest-scoring player in team history, is the Canucks' all-time leader in goals (both even strength and power play), game-winning goals and shots, and is second in points, assists, games played and plus/minus.
The only two players in franchise history to surpass 1,000 points each are also the only brothers to do so in NHL history.
The Sedins have been the heart and soul of the Canucks since making their debuts in 2000 and yet were it not for some gambling on the part of then general manager Brian Burke at the 1999 NHL Draft, who knows what could have been.
Once the Sedins were drafted second and third overall, the Canucks had the building blocks in place for a bright future. Alongside Trent Klatt, Daniel and Henrik showed signs of brilliance in the early years, but it took a few seasons to truly adjust to life in the NHL.
Then the dominance began.
Sedinery was born.
There wasn't one shift or one game that marked their coming out party, but a slow build of awesome that left fans speechless and highlight reels buzzing.
One-handed goals. Spinoramas. No-look passes. Give-and-gos. Zigzagging. Daniel from Henrik. Henrik from Daniel. The Shift vs. Edmonton. The Shift 2.0 vs. Calgary. Quadruple OT vs. Dallas. Between the legs for the hat trick vs. Calgary. Henrik becomes the franchise points leader vs. Dallas. Daniel becomes the franchise goals leader vs. Boston. Henrik reaches 1,000 points vs. Florida. Daniel reaches 1,000 points vs. Nashville.
There are too many Sedin highlights to name. It was hockey at its finest and the league took notice.
During the height of their careers, Henrik and Daniel took over as leaders, captain and alternate captain respectively, on the ice collecting Art Ross Trophies, a Hart Trophy, the Ted Lindsay Award and the King Clancy Memorial Trophy, all while leading the Canucks in scoring year after year after year after year after year after year after year after year after year after year - the all-stars were top two in team scoring for 10 straight seasons.
It's the impact the Sedins made off the ice, however, that solidified them as faces of the franchise. Daniel and Henrik not only recognized their responsibility to their community, they fully embraced it and changed the lives of families across the province. Their strong connection with Vancouver includes a $1.5 million donation the Sedins and their spouses made to the Campaign for BC Children in 2010 to help build a new children's hospital and expand existing medical services.
The donation made by the Sedins was initially anonymous, but they were persuaded to announce it publically to help the hospital reach its $200-million goal.
It's never been about the headlines for Daniel and Henrik, it's been about doing what's right.
In saying goodbye to the NHL, the Sedins feel they're again doing what's right, for themselves and their families.
"We started the year with the mindset that a decision would be made in the postseason," Henrik and Daniel wrote in a letter to Canucks fans announcing their retirement Monday morning. "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."
There's not one, but two holes to fill in the line-up and in our hearts. Daniel and Henrik are as synonymous with Vancouver Canucks hockey as the orca on the front of the jersey; not seeing them in blue and green is going to take some getting used to.
In the words of Dr. Seuss: Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened.
Smile because of their skill. Smile because of their loyalty. Smile because of their legacy.
Thank you Daniel and Henrik.
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