They entered the NHL together two decades ago with the Canucks thanks to some wise dealing by GM Brian Burke. The Sedins have spent their entire brilliant careers playing for one franchise in Vancouver. Now, the Swedish Twins Daniel and Henrik Sedin will go out together when the season ends.
Taken second and third overall in the 1999 NHL Draft, they’ve been inseparable since becoming Vancouver Canucks. With three games left to play, they made the announcement yesterday on Twitter via NHL.com. Fans and media showed their overwhelming support for two of the classiest players to ever play the sport. They have always been so well liked due to their amazing chemistry, unique style and artistry in which they played. It truly has been a pleasure to watch both Sedins turn hockey into a Picasso painting.
Both are almost identical in career numbers as they pass the torch to Brock Boeser and Bo Horvat. It’s truly amazing when you take a look at the numbers. Henrik has played in 1,327 games registering 240 goals and 829 assists for 1,069 points. Daniel has played in 1,303 games tallying 391 goals with 647 assists for 1,038 points. Each have an Art Ross with Henrik winning the Hart Trophy in ’09-10 along with the scoring title. Daniel followed it up by leading the league in points in ’10-11. Even though he didn’t win the Hart, he was voted by his peers for the Ted Lindsay Award.
That was also the season they came so close to delivering the franchise’s first Stanley Cup. They won the President’s Trophy and reached their first Stanley Cup Final since 1994. In a seven-game series with home ice advantage, they led two games to none and three to two before the Bruins stormed back to stun the Canucks in Game 7. Despite some more big regular seasons, they fizzled out in back to back first rounds leading to coach Alain Vigneault’s departure. Ironically, he guided the Rangers to similar results but looks to be on the way out.
When I think of the Sedins, I am reminded of the short soccer style passes they’ve successfully used as if they were playing catch before turning the puck into the Harlem Globetrotters in a nifty game of keep away. Eventually, the puck possession wizards would wear opponents out by making them dizzy and setting up goals for either each other or happy teammates. They used every bit of the ice so well including the back of the net. It’s a brilliant style that probably will never be matched.
Of course, it’s sad that they’re leaving the game. But it’s better to go out now than hang on. I’ll definitely miss them.