Henrik and Daniel Sedin announce this will be their last NHL season

Vancouver Canucks' Henrik and Daniel Sedin retiring at the end of this season

Vancouver Canucks forwards Henrik and Daniel Sedin have announced they will retire from the National Hockey League after this season.

Just like their timing was ideal on the ice, their timing was spot-on in making this hard decision.

"We started the year with the mindset that a decision would be made in the postseason. But it became clear, after discussions with our families throughout the year, that this will be our last season", the twins said in the letter announcing their retirement. We wish them all the best for whatever comes next in their careers.

Daniel Sedin won the Art Ross in 2010-11 with 104 points.

In the week leading up to the Winnipeg tournament, Sports Illustrated's Michael Farber was out in front of his competition with a memorable piece on the Sedins.

There would be less ice time, a rejuvenated power play, the promise of the kids and bounce-back seasons for the superlative Swedes.

"Together the twins are 100 per cent", Gradin told Farber.

"We hated missing practices and games - that's number 1", stressed Henrik, the outgoing captain.

Without his brother, Daniel played on a line with Nicklas Backstrom and Loui Eriksson. Daniel, a goal-scoring winger, has scored 51.

The Sedins have served as the face of the franchise since being drafted in 1999 - a period of time in which the success of the pair has been central to the more general success of the team.

Despite the bitter disappointment, that ride will stay with them. Daniel, the Art Ross Trophy victor during the 2010-11 season, is the second highest-scoring player in team history and is also the Canucks' all-time leader in goals, game-winning goals and shots. It will be odd for Canucks fans and hockey fans alike to see their roster not have either of them next year, but they are trying to revamp things in Vancouver and soon there will be zero remnants of the 2011 team that got within one win of the cup.

Heading into the final year of their contracts, the Sedins penned an open letter in the fall stating their desire to remain with the only franchise they've ever known - even if it meant forgoing the chance at a Stanley Cup elsewhere.

In the global arena, the Sedins helped Sweden win gold at the 2006 Winter Olympics. They each have over 1,000 points to their name in over 1,300 National Hockey League games played. It was sort of the last hurrah for the twins, although Daniel did earn a silver medal in Sochi after a 3-0 loss to Canada in the final.

So while it will be odd not seeing either Sedin in a Canucks jersey next season, the two players feel that now is the time to pass the torch onto the next generation.

They became superstars in Vancouver and were key figures in the heated rivalry that developed with the Blackhawks in the early 2010s. "This is our family's home". Green's biggest challenge over the final three games of the season is to strike a balance between giving the Sedins the ice time they deserve while continuing to allow the young players to grow.

"There will not be enough tickets in the building for all the fans who want to go to the game", he said.

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