Three legends will forever be enshrined this weekend when Daniel and Henrik Sedin, along with Roberto Luongo, are inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame’s Class of 2022.
After that, the Vancouver Canucks will honour all three individuals themselves on December 1st, when the Canucks take on Luongo’s Florida Panthers.
In a statement, the Canucks said:
The Canucks will commemorate the incredible accomplishments of these three Canuck alumni and their contributions to the organization on December 1, 2022, when the Florida Panthers face the Canucks at Rogers Arena. Tickets for this exciting evening are on sale now at tickets.canucks.com.
The night of celebration will be filled with special activations, limited edition Tim Hortons hockey cards featuring Daniel, Henrik, and Luongo, and unique game-worn warm-up jerseys with name bars paying homage to the trio that will be auctioned off at a later date on Vanbase.ca. Fans will also get the opportunity to sign a congratulatory wall for the inductees on the plaza prior to game time and watch the ceremonial puck drop featuring all three of these hall of fame players.
All three players were key cogs to the core group of players that reached the 2011 Stanley Cup Finals and won back-to-back President’s Trophies.
Upon their retirement, the Canucks wasted little time retiring the Sedins jerseys into the rafters at Rogers Arena, but the debate surrounding Luongo — who spent more time with the Florida Panthers than the Canucks and still works for the organization to this day — rages on. Should he have his number retired by the Canucks? Be put up in the Ring of Honour? Are either of those things even necessary?
The Hall of Fame night on December 1st is certainly a good start and is sure to be a nostalgia-filled night, not dissimilar to Kevin Bieksa’s retirement night last week against the Anaheim Ducks.