"But it became clear, after discussions with our families throughout the year, that this will be our last season". It was time for the 37-year-old twins to focus on homework and birthday parties and kids' activities and family dinners, on life after hockey.
Daniel Sedin, right, and his twin brother Henrik skate before an NHL hockey game against the Anaheim Ducks in Vancouver, B.C., on Tuesday March 27, 2018. But in the hours following the Sedins' announcement, they were listed on reseller sites for prices starting at US$113.
Say what you want about the Sedins, but their careers have been both remarkable and eerily symmetrical.
As tough as it will be for the Sedins to say goodbye to the game and to fans, it will likely be just as hard for the fans to say goodbye to the Sedins.
Those final games will undoubtedly be emotional for the brothers and the Canucks fans that have cheered them on for almost two decades in Vancouver. "This is our family's home", they continue. Vancouver has given us so much and we've tried to give everything we have in return.
Less than a year after sticking his neck out to make what was ultimately the NHL's biggest draft day deal in history, Brian Burke remembers travelling to Sweden to see his new prized possessions.
"The only reason it was possible was it was worst first round in the history of the National Hockey League draft - that's the only way teams were willing to trade their first rounders", said Burke, whose Canucks owned the third pick overall by virtue of their horrid finish. They came to North America from Sweden together in 2000-01.
When Daniel did it the following year, he was honoured with the Ted Lindsay Award, which goes to the league MVP as voted by other NHL players. Henrik leads the team with 45 assists in 79 games.
Oh, and their production - especially points - is almost identical.
The differences were subtle - Henrik more of a playmaker at center, Daniel more of a finisher on the wing. Henrik now ranks sixth among active National Hockey League players with 1,068 points in 1,327 games, while Daniel sits behind him in seventh with 1,038 points in 1,303 games. In fact, Wayne has more assists than the second-highest player, Jaromir Jagr, has points.
Daniel was the better goal scorer while Henrik racked up the assists.
They'll finish their lengthy careers without a Stanley Cup title, though they did reach a Cup Final together in 2011.
They retire with the vast majority of the Canucks' franchise records. We know there is a bright future for the Canucks.
Henrik: "Just for us to be here for this long and then leave for a month and a half or two months and maybe get a chance of winning it, it would have been great, but it would not be the same as winning it for the Canucks". "We had a lot of good teams throughout the years here".
Known for their tireless work in the community, as well as their class on and off the ice, the Sedins have remained committed to the Canucks through three straight miserable seasons as the team transitions to a younger core.
Henrik didn't bite. He said they had nothing to complain about - that they had first-class air travel and hotel accommodations, that this was a great experience. He was saying the right thing because it was what he believed. "We told our teammates this morning they should be regular games".