National Hockey League twins Henrik and Daniel Sedin will retire at end of season

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Canucks stars Henrik and Daniel Sedin on Monday announced their decision to retire after 18 seasons in a letter posted on the team's website.

They added: "Being part of the Canucks family for 18 seasons has been the best period of our lives".

An era in Vancouver Canucks hockey has officially come to an end.

The Swedish twins, 37, who have played together in Vancouver for their entire careers, said they were announcing their decision now so they could share their final three games with fans and family before hanging up their skates.

Both have put amassed outstanding NHL careers and they could both wind up enshrined alongside one another in the Hockey Hall of Fame in the future.

The team has two games left at Rogers Arena - one against the Vegas Golden Knights tomorrow and another against the Arizona Coyotes on Thursday - before wrapping up the season in Edmonton on Saturday.

Drafted second and third overall in 1999, the Sedins have spent their entire 17 years in the National Hockey League with Vancouver.

With Brian Burke at the helm as General Manager, the Canucks managed to get both Sedins at the 1999 NHL Entry Draft, taking Daniel second and Henrik third overall.

They closed the letter by saying, "In the meantime, we still have some games to play, and we still have some work to do".

Unfortunately for the Sedins, however, they might be most remembered for their ill-fated turn in the 2011 Stanley Cup Finals. Daniel Sedin then took Art Ross honours in 2010-11 with 104 points - Henrik had 94 points - and also grabbed the Ted Lindsay Award as the league MVP voted on by the players.

"You've all been with us every step of the way, and we want to thank you". The Canucks lost to the Bruins in seven games.

"It's time to let the next generation of young players lead the Canucks", they wrote.

Their departure from the game comes as the Canucks are struggling on the ice.

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