'We won't live anywhere else': Sedin twins pen love letter to Vancouver
They've been Canucks since the day they were drafted together way back in 1999, and it appears the Sedin twins want to end their playing career in Vancouver too.
Henrik and Daniel just penned an open letter gushing about Vancouver on The Players' Tribune, a sports website featuring articles written by professional athletes.
Daniel says with one year left on their existing contract, a lot of people are asking them what the future holds – including the possibility of trading teams in a last-ditch effort to clinch a cup.
"I think it was a good way for us to say how we feel about this city and organization to the fans, and to get it out of the way before the season," Daniel told CTV Vancouver on Monday.
"Otherwise we would have been facing a lot of questions throughout the year and now it's kind of out there."
The Swede says he and Henrik will not play anywhere else.
"If we are going to win a Stanley Cup, if we are going to achieve our dream, we’d only want it to be in Vancouver. If we did it anywhere else, I don’t think it would feel the same," he wrote.
The 36-year-olds say they'll work hard this season to build something special with the "young guys" on the team they consider the next great generation of Canucks.
Henrik said they're committed to mentoring some of the young faces, and said the task is made easier when the players are good people.
"They want to learn and get better," he said.
Daniel added the twins' other goal is to be good players again.
"I thought last year it wasn't good enough, so our belief is that it's going to be a good year and that the team will be good."
Daniel says he and his brother consider Vancouver home now, and consider themselves incredibly lucky to have played here – together – for so long.
"We have grown into men in this city, we have raised our children here, and we have made so many memories over the years," he said.
The brothers speak about their love of the outdoors, including mountain biking and hiking up the famed Grouse Grind.
"Whatever happens, we are Canucks, and we will always be Canucks, and this will always be our home," Henrik wrote.
And the organization agrees.
"They're not going anywhere. This is home for them and they've meant too much to this team. They're going to finish as Canucks," team president Trevor Linden said.
He said they'll have a meeting at the end of the year and see what's next for the players.
"They'd like nothing more than to be second-line guys and have someone unseat them as the top line, so that's our job to put people in that position to do that," he said.
The Canucks training camp opens at Rogers Arena on Tuesday.
With files from CTV Vancouver's Christina Heydanus