Sedin twins announce plan to retire at end of season

The Sedin era is nearly over in Vancouver. The Vancouver Canucks have relied on the uncanny connection between Henrik Sedin and Daniel Sedin to fuel their offense for more than a decade, but the twin brothers announced Monday that this season would be their last, as they plan on retiring once it ends.

Daniel and Henrik were selected second and third overall by the Canucks in 1999, and they became Vancouver’s main scoring threat after the 2004-05 lockout. Their best span was from 2009-11, when they both reached the 100-point plateau and helped the Canucks come within a game of winning the 2011 Stanley Cup Final. Vancouver would eventually lose to the Boston Bruins, and the Sedins’ offensive production began to fade a couple years later, effectively closing the Canucks’ window as a championship contender.

Throughout their career, the Sedin twins were inseparable on the ice, and they filled highlight reels with plays that suggested one brother always knew where the other one was. Tape-to-tape no-look passing plays through a crowd that fooled goaltenders and dominant displays of puck possession that would wear down opposing defenses were routine for the Sedins, with Henrik usually playing the role of playmaker and Daniel scoring the goal.

Both of the Sedins will retire with more than 1,000 career points - the only brothers in the history of the NHL to do so. After playing their entire careers with the Canucks, Daniel holds the franchise record for goals (391) and Henrik is the franchise leader in points (1,068) thanks to his franchise-record 828 assists. They found their biggest success on the international stage as members of Sweden’s gold medal winning Olympic hockey team in 2006. Now in the final year of identical contracts paying them each $7 million per season, and with Vancouver set to miss the playoffs for a third straight year, the 37-year-old brothers decided the time was right to step away from hockey and spend more time with their families.

The Sedin twins’ final home game will be on Thursday against the Arizona Coyotes, and Vancouver ends its season on the road against the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday.