Daniel and Henrik Sedin announced their retirement from the N.H.L. after 18 seasons in a letter to Vancouver Canucks fans on Monday.
The Swedish twins, 37, who have played together in Vancouver for their entire careers, said they were announcing their decision now so they could share their final three games with fans and family before hanging up their skates.
“We started the year with the mind-set that a decision would be made in the postseason,” the Sedins wrote in the letter, which was released via the Canucks’ Twitter account. “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.”
They added: “Being part of the Canucks family for 18 seasons has been the best period of our lives. But it’s time to focus on our families and life after hockey. It’s time to help with homework every night. It’s time to be at every birthday party and to stand in the cold at every hockey rink, soccer game and riding lesson on weekends. It’s time to be at home for dinner every night.”
The Sedins also said that they planned to stay a part of the Vancouver community and that they feel the Canucks franchise has a bright future with its young players and Coach Travis Green.
“It’s time to let the next generation of young players lead the Canucks,” the letter said. “Travis is building a strong culture and emphasizes a style of play we know will be successful. The team is in great hands, with people who care about its success and it’s headed in the right direction. We know there is a bright future for the Canucks.”