B.C. is full of hockey fans and not all of them cheer for the Canucks, especially outside of Vancouver.
At the end of the day, however, there is only one NHL team in this province and that’s the Vancouver Canucks, making them B.C.’s team.
They’ve yet to bring a Stanley Cup back to the Pacific Northwest, but there have been some world class players that have worn a Canucks sweater.
Arguably the two best players in franchise history, and good luck arguing that one is better than the other, are Daniel and Henrik Sedin.
The Swedish twin brothers were drafted second and third overall by Vancouver in the 1999 draft and have etched out impressive 17 year careers with the organization.
They’re incredibly skilled and smart hockey players who have a unique advantage of being twins.
Their twin telepathy has produced not only some of the nicest goals in Canucks history, but some of the nicest goals the NHL has ever seen.
With rumours swirling about their future with the team and in the league, the twins used The Players’ Tribune to pen a letter to Canucks fans.
The letter, titled “Dear Vancouver,” covers a number of things like what Vancouver and B.C. means to them, what their future holds and some fun stories about the early parts of their career.
“I remember the year before we came over to the NHL, our agency invited us out to Penticton, B.C., for this three-day camp. I don’t remember a lot from those few games, but I do remember playing against one guy,” Henrik explained.
“Joe Thornton. He was a year older than us, but he was like a man among boys. He was just huge. Every time I got close to him, he’d knock me right off the puck.”
Daniel added, “I remember sitting on the bench watching him, thinking, ‘How good is this guy? We are seriously going to play in the same league?’ It was kind of a whirlwind.”
The most important thing to come out of the letter is that the twins have no plans on playing anywhere else in the NHL.
They say that Vancouver is their home and that they wouldn’t want to win a Stanley Cup anywhere else, even if that means no Stanley Cup.
“If we’re going to win a Cup, we only want it to be with Vancouver – that will never change,” Henrik said. “And if the moment has come and passed already, then so be it. This is my home. This is our home.”