When numbers 33 and 22 go up into the rafters in honour of Henrik and Daniel Sedin on Wednesday night prior to Vancouver's game against the Chicago Blackhawks, it will put a cap on the journey of the two all-time greatest Canucks.
Ahead of what will be an emotionally-charged and electric atmosphere on Wednesday, the Canucks will unveil a new exhibit at Rogers Arena on Monday that will similarly pay tribute to the Sedin twins, as well as the other four legends whose numbers hang in the rafters. It will give fans an opportunity to, quite literally, feel the legacy of those players without the need to scale to the roof of the building.
"We knew going into the 50th season, especially with Daniel and Henrik's retirement, that we wanted to refresh the exhibit to provide a new arena experience for the space that was previously the Hall of Heroes," said Chris Brumwell, Canucks Vice President, Communications, Fan and Community Engagement. "It's really fan-focused."
The new exhibit - the Legends Locker Room, presented by Rogers - will be situated at Section 316 in the upper bowl concourse. As the name suggests, the exhibit will transport fans into an authentic reproduction of the Canucks locker room - a place many fans have imagined but few have ventured - with a few unique twists and turns.
"We designed the space to resemble the current Canucks locker room, and it comes complete with era-specific lockers of all the players who have their numbers retired," said Brumwell. "It gives fans a fun opportunity to sit in those players' stalls - their heroes - and imagine what it might be like to lace 'em up, get their pictures taken for social media, and share them with friends and family."
Indeed, no detail was spared down to the team logo being emblazoned on the floor. Fans will get to interact with the meticulously recreated locker stalls of the Sedin twins, along with those of Stan Smyl, Pavel Bure, and Markus Naslund. Even the colour of the wood in each stall was replicated by matching the colours found in historical photographs.
The one holdover from the previous Hall of Heroes exhibit is Trevor Linden's locker stall, which is the actual stall used by the former Canucks captain in his final NHL game. The stall was purposely preserved and excavated when the locker room underwent a full redesign following the 2007.08 season.
But that's just the tip of the iceberg. Fans will also have the opportunity to relive some of the incredible moments of the legendary players both on and off the ice, with an emphasis on the contributions that each made to support various charities and community projects during their playing careers in Vancouver and beyond.
"It gives you a glimpse of their on-ice excellence with some of the paneling and storytelling on the wall, but then it also gives you a sense of their off-ice excellence, everything they meant in the community," said Brumwell.
And if sitting in a legend's locker stall and envisioning what life was like for them both on and off the ice wasn't enough, the exhibit will also provide fans with an opportunity to interact with Daniel and Henrik Sedin in a way that has never been done before through an augmented reality feature connected with the Canucks app.
"We worked with the Sedins specifically on the augmented reality piece, and they were really supportive of creating something unique," said Brumwell.
The most-anticipated week of the 2019.20 season, and the official opening of the Legends Locker Room, will take place on Monday when the Canucks host the Nashville Predators.
The official jersey retirement ceremony takes place on Wednesday prior to the game against the Chicago Blackhawks, while the week wraps up on Sunday afternoon when the Sedin twins' off-ice legacy is honoured in a game against the Anaheim Ducks.
"It's been a passion project for a lot of people in the organization getting ready for the 50th season and, specifically, this is probably the biggest week of the year," added Brumwell. "The buzz level is really high. The excitement is very high, and I think we're shaping up for an unforgettable week."