The Vancouver Canucks will soon be retiring the numbers of Daniel and Henrik Sedin. They must find motivation during ‘Sedin Week’ to help the playoff push.
Thanks to the genius mind of Brian Burke, the Vancouver Canucks organization and hockey lovers from around the globe were treated with “Sedin magic” for nearly 20 years.
Back in the 1999 NHL draft, he pulled off the impossible when he managed to swing three trades, land the Canucks selections at numbers two and three overall and ultimately select the twins. That day changed the history of Canucks hockey forever.
Fast forward 20 seasons and the twins left their mark on the organization as the two best players to ever wear Canucks colours. Henrik Sedin in his prime was the best playmaker in the league, and Daniel Sedin always knew how to put the puck in the back of the net.
Many great accomplishments they met were that of what’s seen only in Hall of Fame talent. Their chemistry will forever be one of a kind and their cycle game was nothing less than jaw-droppingly beautiful.
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They finished their careers as the only two brothers in the NHL to both reach 1000 points. Henrik’s team record of 1070 points will hold strong for decades, while Daniel remains untouched with a franchise-high 393 goals. They did pretty much everything for Vancouver.
On and off the ice they were two of the most well-respected players in the NHL, all-around class acts and great role models for the now youthful up and coming core.
But before the Sedin twins decided to hang up the skates for good, they made sure the youth was ready to take the next step.
The organization decided it was very important to rebuild on the fly and putting together a winning environment was vital. The Sedin’s were there to show the next group of Canuck greats how to get the job done.
Looking at the team now, I believe they accomplished not only their goal of teaching this new squad how to win games, but also how to be great role models and skilled everyday NHL players. The only thing they failed to accomplish was winning the Stanley Cup, but maybe, just maybe, Sedin Week can act as Daniel and Henrik’s last effort in helping this team push towards the ultimate victory.
On Feb. 12, numbers 22 and 33 will be raised to the rafters until the end of time. It’ll be a beautiful night, right in the middle of a magical week full of memories. Each memory is a reason for their success and the Canucks current roster should use the Sedin twins’ past achievements and failures as motivation to make a deep playoff run.
This time last year, the Canucks fell apart and were freefalling to the basement of the NHL standings. Now I could be wrong, but the timing of Sedin Week can’t be a coincidence. We all felt the energy on Burrows Night. His very presence boosted the Canucks moral and turned their season around. He showed every player that hard work pays off and if you believe in yourself, anything is possible. Can you imagine what an entire Sedin Week could do for Vancouver?