VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – The Vancouver Canucks are getting set to retire the jerseys of Henrik and Daniel Sedin tonight.
Although humbled by the jersey honours, the Sedins aren’t looking forward to being focal points of a centre-ice ceremony before Wednesday’s game between the Canucks and Chicago Blackhawks, as elated as they are that many of their ex-teammates will be there.
“Looking up at the players who are already up there (with retired numbers) we have a personal connection with most of them,” Daniel said. “Playing with Trevor (Linden) and Markus (Naslund), they meant so much to us. They’re two of the biggest reasons we were allowed to grow in this market. And Stan (Smyl), being in the organization, he is just a great man. Talking to him, he’s always positive and has a smile on his face. Pavel (Bure), we haven’t really met him. But those three mean a lot to us.”
The Sedins were impossible to miss during their 18 years with the Canucks. The twins earned every game and every point – they combined for 2,111 points in 2,636 games, all for the Canucks – during their careers.
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They were born six minutes apart on Sept. 26, 1980 and in the NHL never seemed to be that far apart in any sense.
Now, nearly two years since they retired as the leading scorers and greatest players in Canucks history, the identical twins are running more than ever – usually six times a week, for a total of about 100 kilometres, on runs as long as 30 clicks.
Fans are being “strongly encouraged” to plan ahead if they’re headed to tonight’s game, and even arrive early to catch the ceremony.
The ceremony will include special introductions, speeches, videos, and of course, the raising of two banners donning the numbers 22 and 33 for the brothers.
The ceremony begins at 6:00 p.m. before puck drop at 7:30 p.m.
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