During a rare public appearance this morning on Sportsnet 650 radio in Vancouver, Vancouver Canucks owner Francesco Aquilini was asked for his team’s plans for retiring the #33 and #22 jerseys worn by legendary players Henrik and Daniel Sedin. The Sedins, of course, retired this past offseason after nearly 20 years in the Canucks organization. So… what’s the plan?
While nothing formal has been announced, it’s expected that both Henrik and Daniel Sedin will be immortalized in Rogers Arena’s rafters, just as fellow Canucks legends Stan Smyl, Trevor Linden and Markus Naslund are. But, again… what’s the plan? Aquilini was short on specifics, but he did confirm that the plan is to raise #33 and #22 to the rafters next season during the team’s 50th anniversary celebrations.
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Aquilini: We will retire Sedin twins jerseys next year in the 50th anniversary, we will do something very special. We have started to plan, it will be a week long celebration.
How cool is that? It’s a well deserved honor for two outstanding players who played the entirety of their career in Vancouver. What better way to honor them than by doing so during 50th anniversary celebrations? Savvy Canucks fans may also remember that Henrik Sedin was named the team’s captain, supplanting Roberto Luongo, during the team’s 40th anniversary ceremonies in 2010-2011. Just months later they were competing for a Stanley Cup championship, which of course they ultimately lost to the Boston Bruins.
In other Canucks news, former Canucks GM Mike Gillis was on Sportsnets competing sports talk radio station TSN 1040 yesterday where he revealed his ill fated plan to land Norris Trophy winning defensemen Shea Weber way back in 2012.
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Gillis: We went after Shea Weber really hard. We really wanted to get him, thought he would bring something we were missing, after losing Ehrhoff to Buffalo. Particularly being a BC guy. When we visited him, he was really receptive, but then he got that massive offer
Gillis went so far as to say that he personally visited Weber at his home in Kelowna in an attempt to woo him to the Canucks. Again, check out this quote:
When we visited him at his house in Kelowna, he was really receptive to the way we played and the way we did things, but then het got that offer and it really knocked us out of the box.
Crazy, just imagine how good that Canucks team could have been with Weber added to their blue line. Oh, what could have been, Canucks fans.