"We started the year with the mindset that a decision would be made in the postseason". "But it became clear, after discussions with our families throughout the year, that this will be our last season". As might be expected, they won it in back-to-back years: Henrik in 2010 and Daniel in 2011.
We're saying it now because we want to share these final three games with you.
The Sedins were drafted second and third overall in 1999, and are two of the most recognizable Vancouver Canucks players.
Vancouver Canucks' Henrik Sedin, left, and his twin brother Daniel Sedin, both of Sweden, skate before an NHL hockey game against the Anaheim Ducks in Vancouver on March 27, 2018. Furthermore, every time one Sedin signed a contract, the other signed on the same day for the exact same value and length - and now they're retiring together. Daniel, a goal-scoring winger, has scored 51. Henrik Sedin added 23 goals and 55 assists in 105 playoff games, and Daniel Sedin put up 25 goals and 46 assists in 102 post-season contests.
Henrik won the Hart Trophy and Art Ross Trophy in 2009-10 when he led the league with 112 points (29 goals, 83 assists). Daniel, the Art Ross Trophy victor during the 2010-11 season, is the second highest-scoring player in team history and is also the Canucks' all-time leader in goals, game-winning goals and shots.
The impact that Henrik and Daniel Sedin have had on the Canucks (Henrik has the most points in franchise history, and Daniel is second) and the National Hockey League can not be understated. It is hard to imagine how special it was for Daniel and Henrik to play together their entire career.
More than just their on-ice excellence, the two Sedins have been incredible people off the ice, dedicating their time and money to the community.
Daniel Sedin is the Canucks' all-time leader in goals with 391 and is second to his brother in career points with 1,038 in 1,303 games played.
So let's look back at two of the most unique careers in hockey history, because we will likely never see players like the Sedins again; twins who seemed to know exactly where the other one was at all times on the ice, with chemistry to match.
"We know we had the best jobs in the world", Henrik Sedin said Monday.
They became superstars in Vancouver and were key figures in the heated rivalry that developed with the Blackhawks in the early 2010s. "This is our family's home", reads the letter. Their final game in Vancouver will be on Thursday, April 5 against Arizona, and their last National Hockey League game will be Saturday, April 7 in Edmonton.
"In the meantime, we still have some games to play, and we still have some work to do", they wrote.