Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Twins Daniel and Henrik Sedin Prepare for Emotional Final Game in Vancouver

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Twins Daniel and Henrik Sedin Prepare for Emotional Final Game in Vancouver

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Sedins prepare for emotional final home game


VANCOUVER - It's a game that means nothing in the standings but will have the emotional pull of a Stanley Cup final.

Henrik and Daniel Sedin will dress for their final game at Rogers Arena when the Vancouver Canucks play the Arizona Coyotes Thursday night. Vancouver and Arizona both failed to qualify for the NHL playoffs, but a boisterous, sold-out crowd is expected to attend the game to say goodbye to the Swedish twins after 17 seasons wearing a Canuck jersey.

"I think that's when you realize you're probably taking your last steps on the ice," Daniel said after an optional practice Wednesday. "It will be special."

The 37-year-old brothers from Ornskoldsvik, Sweden, announced Monday they are retiring at the end of the season. Their final game will be Saturday in Edmonton against the Oilers.

The Sedins' parents and two brothers will attend Thursday's game. Team officials say there will be video tributes but no official presentation. That will wait until when the brothers have their numbers officially retired.

Upper bowl tickets for the game were selling for between US$165 and $175 Wednesday on StubHub.

"It's not something we are looking for," Daniel said about the final home game. "It's a chance to thank our fans.

"Time flies. It will be over before you know it. We're going to enjoy it, treat it as a normal game."

The Sedins got a taste of what to expect during Tuesday night's 5-4 shootout loss to the Vegas Golden Knights.

Prior to the game fans lined the boards, waving signs thanking the Sedins and holding jerseys. There were video tributes on the big screen. The crowd gave standing ovations before, during and after the game.

Centre Bo Horvat, who many expect to replace Henrik as the Canucks' captain next year, said everyone in the dressing felt the emotion.

"It's the end of an era," said Horvat. "It's the end of an amazing career for those guys.

"To be part of it is really special for me."

Head coach Travis Green said the Sedins were "old school" in their professional approach to the game both on and off the ice.

"They have been a joy to coach, something I will cherish," said Green. …

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