Canucks’ Sedin twins to retire after season

Twin Vancouver Canucks stars Henrik and Daniel Sedin, 37, will retire following the 2017-18 season, they announced Monday in a letter on the team’s website.

The Sedins have played for the Canucks since the team maneuvered to draft both of them in the 1999 NHL draft. They took Daniel Sedin at No. 2 and Henrik Sedin at No. 3.

Henrik Sedin has 1,068 career points going into Monday, which ranks him sixth among active players. Daniel Sedin has totaled 1,038 points, good for seventh among active players.

While Henrik won the 2009-10 Hart Trophy as the NHL’s MVP, Daniel finished runner-up in the 2010-11 Hart voting. Both of them also earned an Art Ross Trophy as the NHL’s top scorer, Henrik in 2010 and Daniel in 2011.

The twin brothers won Olympic gold representing Sweden at the 2006 Turn Games, but fell short of winning a Stanley Cup with the Canucks. The closest they came was in 2010-11, when Vancouver fell to the Boston Bruins in seven games.

While Vancouver has struggled this season to a 30-40-9 record to miss the playoffs for the third straight season, both Sedins have had a strong season. Daniel has totaled 52 points so far in 78 games while Henrik has 48 points in 79 games.

The Canucks have three games left in the season, starting with Tuesday’s home game versus the Vegas Golden Knights. They play the Arizona Coyotes on Thursday before wrapping up the season at Edmonton on Saturday.