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The Vancouver Canucks honored Daniel and Henrik Sedin by retiring their numbers at a star-studded ceremony at Rogers Arena on Wednesday.
The Sedins were selected with the Nos. 2 and 3 picks of the 1999 NHL Draft and spent their entire 17-season careers in Vancouver. Many of the their teammates from their tenures were on hand, including Roberto Luongo, Kevin Bieksa, Alex Burrows, Ryan Kesler, Trevor Linden and Markus Naslund, capping a week’s worth of Sedin celebrations in Vancouver.
“Being part of the Canucks family has been the best part of our lives,” Henrik said during the ceremony.
“We came here in 1999, and it felt like home from Day 1,” Daniel said.
Canucks players sported the Sedins jerseys during warmups, and the organization gifted them a VIP experience at the Kentucky Derby, and Canucks captain Bo Horvat and defenseman Alex Edler presented them with a trip to a destination of their choice. Bieksa also addressed the crowd before the Sedins gave their speech.
“There’s a Sedin culture to this organization, and it’s been absorbed by the next generation of core players,” Bieksa said. “You’re the two best players and people to wear the Canucks jersey… and there’s no one more deserving of this honor.”
They thanked each of their ex-coaches, John Tortorella, Alain Vigneault, Travis Green, Willie Desjardins and Marc Crawford, and general managers Brian Burke, Dave Nonis, Mike Gillis and Jim Benning.
The Sedins banners now sit next to Naslund’s No. 19, Linden’s No. 16, Pavel Bure’s No. 10 and Stan Smyl’s No. 12.
“It’s emotional. It’s been an emotional day but when you see the banner go up and hit the roof, it was pretty amazing,” said Daniel.
– NHL Independent Coorespondent Kevin Woodley contributed to this report.