By now all of our readers are well aware of the fact that Henrik Sedin and Daniel Sedin have officially announced that the 2017-2018 National Hockey League regular season will be their final season in the NHL. There has understandably been a wide and varied reaction to the announcement from the long-time Vancouver Canucks forwards and now both current and former NHL players are also starting to react to the news.
A wide range of players from all across the National Hockey League and even some who have never played in the NHL have come forward to congratulate Henrik and Daniel Sedin on their incredible careers, but one of them stands out above all the others in the humble opinion of this particular writer.
First let's get to some of the awesome well wishes that have come out for both Henrik and Daniel. New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist, who happens to be one of two twin brothers himself, had this to say:
"When they came up and broke through in the Swedish Elite League, I was 15 or 15 at the time, two years younger than them, and to see two brothers, twins, it was really cool to see," said Lundqvist as per NHL.com's Dan Rosen. "I think nobody had seen the way they play before. At least when I grew up, I had never seen that before, two guys hold on to the puck the way they did and dominate games the way they did. They just took the Swedish Elite League by storm and then they left early. As a twin, for sure, it was really cool to see and it was definitely an inspiration to see that. Obviously, we have very different positions with me being a goalie and Joel being a center, but it was really cool to watch the way they played the game and the way they were thinking the game. I think they showed something that I had never seen before growing up, two guys just knowing exactly where the other guy was at all times."
Vancouver Canucks rookie Brock Boeser had some kind words to share about his teammates.
"Amazing role models, can’t thank these guys enough for everything over a year with them."
Calgary Flames head coach Glen Gulutzan said both players had that rare "wow" factor.
A few guys in this league, you go ‘Wow.’ We have one of them here. Edmonton has one. But for 18 years, Vancouver has had two guys that can do things that you go, ‘Wow.’ ”
Four time Olympic Gold medal winner Hayley Wickenheiser also commented on the retirement.
"My utmost respect and admiration. Great players, classy guys who set the bar very high!"
As I stated earlier though one particular thank you stood out above the rest for me though, and here's a little context as to why. It's April 12th 2014 and the Vancouver Canucks led by the Sedin twins come back out to congratulate former Edmonton Oiler Ryan Smyth on an amazing career.
While he couldn't do it on the ice for obvious reasons, Smyth returned the favor on Monda.
"Daniel and Henrik are two of the classiest players I ever played against," said Smyth via social media. "They are fierce competitors who played the game the right way. It was a pleasure to battle against them over the years. Enjoy your family now! Congrats on a great career!"
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