#ThankYouSedins



I grew up a Vancouver Canucks fan, thanks to my family, and of course, me living in Vancouver my entire life. The Canucks are no stranger to losing and disappointment - in fact, we're one of the oldest teams in the NHL without a single Stanley Cup. I feel sad at the fact how some of our very best players of all-time, such as Pavel Bure, Markus Naslund, and Trevor Linden have spent the majority of their NHL careers in Vancouver and have never gotten the chance to hoist Lord Stanley.

In recent years, after our Stanley Cup run, we started to suck.

We started to suck so bad that we eventually traded away our older players, such as Ryan Kesler, Kevin Bieksa, Alex Burrows, and Eddie Lack to make room for younger players to develop themselves and to have a taste of the NHL, such as Bo Horvat and Brock Boeser.

We started to suck so bad that we were intentionally losing several games in a row so our odds at picking first in the NHL draft would increase. We would eventually be known as #TeamTank. Of course, knowing our luck in the draft, we always end up choosing 5th or below. Sigh.

But for one week in April, our two veterans in the team, Henrik and Daniel Sedin, made us forget what tanking was. For seasons, they were constant subjects of """getting traded""" and """retiring""".

But the Sedins can't retire! They're the heart and soul of Vancouver!

Well, the Sedins did THAT. On Monday, April 2, 2018, they announced their retirement after 17 seasons in the NHL. I legitimately thought it was an April Fools joke, as April 1 was a day before. But it was bound to happen - two players who have spent most of their lives in Vancouver, making a name for themselves and endlessly giving back and contributing to our beloved city.

On game day, Thursday, April 5, 2018, I made one of the most impulse decisions of my life and caved in and bought tickets to the Sedins' last ever home game at Rogers Arena. I had absolutely no idea what to expect - just the fact that I would face a rollercoaster of emotions, knowing that this would be the last time I would see the Sedins on home ice.

It was truly phenomenal. In the second period, Daniel Sedin scored his 22nd goal of the year, assisted by Henrik Sedin 0:33 seconds into the period. It came to a storybook ending in overtime where Daniel Sedin scored his 23rd goal, assisted by Alex Edler and Henrik Sedin 2:33 into the period.

To the Sedins, thank you. Thank you for showing integrity and respect to the game of hockey. Thank you for being great citizens of the city of Vancouver.  And thank you for being a Canuck. 22 and 33 will always and be Forever a Canuck.

Cheers,
   

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