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Henrik & Daniel Sedin



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Henrik “Hank” Sedin (born 26 September 1980) is a Swedish professional ice hockey centre and alternate captain with the Vancouver Canucks of the National Hockey League (NHL). His identical twin brother Daniel also plays for the Canucks. Throughout their career, Henrik and Daniel have played together in Vancouver, as well as in Modo of the Elitserien, and are known for the effective way in which they play off one another. Henrik, gifted as a passer, is known as the playmaker, and Daniel the scorer.

Henrik began his career in the Swedish Elitserien with Modo Hockey, winning the Golden Puck as Swedish player of the year in 1999 as a co-recipient with Daniel. Selected third overall by the Canucks in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft, Henrik has spent his entire NHL career in Vancouver and has led the team in scoring once in 2007–08. In 2009–10, he became the all-time franchise leader in assists, passing Trevor Linden.[1] Internationally, Henrik competes for Sweden and has won a gold medal at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, as well as two bronze medals at the 1999 and 2001 World Championships.

Early life

Henrik was born on 26 September 1980 in Örnsköldsvik, Sweden, six minutes before his identical twin brother, Daniel Sedin.[2] He also has two older brothers, Stefan and Peter. His father, Tommy, is a school vice principal and also played for Modo Hockey in the 1960s, while his mother, Tora, is a nurse.[2] Henrik began playing organized hockey with Daniel at eight-years-old.[3] They did not regularly play on the same line together until Daniel switched from center to the wing at 14.[2] Henrik and Daniel both attended high school at Nolaskolan Gymnasium in Sweden while playing professionally for Modo Hockey.[2]

Playing career

Modo Hockey (1997–2000)

Henrik began his professional career with Daniel in 1997–98 for Modo Hockey of the Swedish Elite League as a 16-year-old. In their second year with Modo, Henrik and Daniel led a team that included future NHLers Samuel Påhlsson and František Kaberle in scoring — Henrik tied for second with Påhlsson.[4]

As a result of their successful 1998–99 season in Sweden, the Sedins were considered top prospects for the 1999 NHL Entry Draft. They were ranked first and second among European prospects[5] with expectations for each of them to go in the top five.[2] In September 1998, the Sedins’ agent, Mike Barnett, president of international talent agency IMG, had formally presented them with two options to circumvent the usual NHL draft process in order to play on the same NHL team together.[2] The first option was to enter the 1999 draft and not sign with their respective NHL clubs within two years to become unrestricted free agents. However, their prospective eligibility as unrestricted free agents required playing junior in North America following their draft, which was not their intention.[2] Alternatively, Barnett suggested that either Henrik or Daniel opt-out of the 1999 draft and hope that the same team can selected both players by that route.[2] In regards to the likelihood of the Sedin twins being drafted by separate teams, Vancouver Canucks scout Thomas Gradin commented “They’re good enough to play with anyone, but separately their capacity might decrease by 10 or 15 percent.”[2] Nevertheless, Henrik and Daniel both entered the 1999 draft with the expectation of being selected separately.[3] However, through a series of transactions,[notes 1] Vancouver Canucks general manager Brian Burke obtained the second and third overall picks in order to select Daniel and Henrik, respectively. Gradin notified them five minutes before the draft of the Canucks intentions.[3]

A month following the draft, Henrik and Daniel were signed by the Canucks to three-year contracts on 27 July 1999.[6] They subsequently returned to Sweden to play one more season with Modo. Henrik led the team in scoring with 47 points in 50 games, two points ahead of Daniel.[7]

Vancouver Canucks (2000–present)

In 2000–01, Henrik played his first season for the Canucks, tallying 29 points – second among team rookies to Daniel’s 34 points. In the following two seasons, he improved to 36- and 39-point campaigns. After his third NHL season, Henrik was re-signed, along with Daniel to a one-year, $1.125 million contract on 29 July 2003.[8] He once again increased his points total to 42 in 2003–04 and was re-signed in the off-season to a one-year contract on 10 September 2004.[9]

Due to the 2004–05 lockout, Henrik returned to Sweden to play again for Modo, along with Daniel and Canucks teammate Markus Näslund. He received a slash during a game against Mora IK on 20 November 2004 that required a minor amputation to his left little finger.[10] He finished his return season with Modo with 36 points in 44 games. As NHL play resumed in 2005–06, Henrik emerged with 75 points, finishing second in team scoring behind Näslund.[11] Henrik’s breakout season was sparked, in part, by the acquisition of winger Anson Carter, who played on Henrik and Daniel’s line and led the team in goal-scoring. The trio matched the scoring pace of the Canucks’ top line of Näslund, Todd Bertuzzi and Brendan Morrison. That off-season, Daniel and Henrik re-signed with the Canucks to identical three-year, $10.75 million contracts on 30 June 2006.[12] Despite their success with Carter, he was not re-signed by the Canucks and joined the Carolina Hurricanes the following season.[13]

The following season, in 2006–07, Henrik established himself as the Canucks’ top-line center. Winger Taylor Pyatt, who had been acquired in a trade from the Buffalo Sabres in the off-season, replaced Carter as the Sedins’ linemate[14] and went on notch a career-high 23 goals. For the fifth straight season since his rookie campaign, Henrik also recorded a personal best with 81 points and set a new Canucks record for assists in one season with 71 (previously set by André Boudrias in 1974–75). Henrik passed Boudrias on 25 March 2007, with a three-assist effort in a 5–4 loss to the Colorado Avalanche.[15] In the opening game of the 2007 playoffs against the Dallas Stars, Henrik scored the game-winning, quadruple-overtime goal to end the sixth longest game in NHL history, as well as the longest game in Canucks history, after 138:06 minutes.[16] Henrik struggled to produce offensively in a career-high 12 games in the playoffs, however, managing four points as the Canucks were eliminated by the Anaheim Ducks in the second round.

In 2007–08, Henrik was selected to play in the 2008 All-Star Game, the first appearance of his career, and recorded two assists against the East.[17] He completed the season as the Canucks’ leading scorer with 76 points, earning the team’s Cyrus H. McLean Trophy. Henrik’s 61 assists ranked fourth overall in the league for the second consecutive season.

The following season, Henrik notched a career-high 22 goals and 82 points. In another trade with the Sabres to establish a linemate for the Sedins, Steve Bernier had been acquired in the 2008 off-season. He began the season on the top line with the Sedins,[18] but was later taken off.[19] Shortly after the 2009 All-Star break, head coach Alain Vigneault moved Alexandre Burrows up from the third line during a game against the Phoenix Coyotes on 12 February 2009.[20] After recording 19 points and three game-winning goals during March, Henrik was named the NHL’s second star of the month.[21]

Set to become unrestricted free agents on 1 July 2009, Daniel and Henrik began negotiating with the Canucks in the off-season, initially asking for reported 12-year, $63 million contracts in mid-July.[22] With free agency looming, Canucks general manager Mike Gillis travelled to Sweden to visit Daniel and Henrik, where they agreed on identical five-year, $30.5 million contracts on 1 July.[23] On 30 September, it was announced that Henrik was named as one of the Canucks’ three alternate captains, replacing defenceman Mattias Ohlund, who had signed with the Tampa Bay Lightning in the off-season.[24]

Four games into the 2009–10 season, Daniel suffered the first major injury of his career, breaking his foot in a game against the Montreal Canadiens. Daniel was subsequently sidelined for 19 games,[25] marking the first instance in Henrik’s career that he played without his brother for an extended period of time. In Daniel’s absence, however, Henrik got off to a high-scoring start to the season. On 14 November 2009, he notched his first NHL career hat trick in an 8–2 win against the Colorado Avalanche.[26] Leading up to Daniel’s return on 22 November, Henrik reeled off seven goals in seven games.[25] He continued his pace into December, recording a league-leading 25 points (five goals, 20 assists) in 15 games to be named the NHL’s First Star of the Month.[27] On 7 January 2010, Henrik moved into top spot in the league scoring race past San Jose Sharks centre Joe Thornton with a three-assist night against the Phoenix Coyotes. It marked the first time in nearly five years that a Canucks player held the league-lead in point-scoring since Näslund was tied with Robert Lang on 18 February 2004.[28] During a 3–1 win against the Calgary Flames on 14 March, Henrik recorded his 416th career assist to pass Trevor Linden as the franchise’s all-time leader in assists.[1] On March 27th, in San Jose, Henrik recorded his 100th point of the season.

International play

Henrik competed for Sweden at the 1998 European Junior Championships. The final game of the tournament required Sweden to beat Russia by four goals in order to surpass Finland in goal differential and win the gold medal. Henrik recorded a goal and an assist against Russia as Sweden won 5–1.[2] In his NHL draft year, Henrik competed for Sweden at the 1999 World Junior Championships in Winnipeg. He recorded 9 points in 6 games, fifth in tournament scoring and second in team scoring to brother Daniel, as Sweden failed to medal. Later that year, Henrik also made his senior international debut for Sweden at the 1999 World Championships, where he earned a bronze medal.

The next year, in 2000, Henrik once again competed in both the World Junior Championships and World Championships. Playing as tournament host at the junior tournament, Henrik improved to a tournament-leading 13 points in 7 games, but failed to earn a medal with Sweden once more. At the World Championships, Henrik recorded 5 points after being held pointless the previous year, but did not medal.

Following his rookie season with the Vancouver Canucks, Henrik made his third World Championships appearance in 2001 and helped Sweden to a second bronze medal in three years. He made a fourth tournament appearance in the 2005 World Championships, recording 6 points in 9 games.

The following year, Henrik was named to his first Winter Olympics in Turin. He contributed 4 points as Sweden won a gold medal, defeating Finland in an all-Scandinavian final.

Henrik was once again named to the Swedish Olympic team and had 2 assists in 4 games.

Personal life

In the summer of 2007,[citation needed] Henrik married his longtime girlfriend, Johanna.[29] They have a son, Valter, who was born in Vancouver.[29] In March 2010, Henrik and Johanna made a joint $1.5 million donation with Daniel Sedin and his wife Marinette to BC Children’s Hospital. The donation contributed to the medical facility’s $200-million project to build a new hospital; the two families requested that it be specifically put towards a pediatric intensive-care unit and a diagnostic imaging area. Henrik commented that it was something he and his wife had wanted to do since Valter was born.

Daniel Sedin (born September 26, 1980) is a Swedish professional ice hockey winger with the Vancouver Canucks of the National Hockey League (NHL). His identical twin brother Henrik also plays for the Canucks, with whom Daniel has played inseparably throughout his career. Together they are known for the effective way in which they play off of one another; Daniel, normally finishing plays between the brothers, is known as the scorer, and Henrik, the playmaker.

Daniel began his career in the Swedish Elitserien with Modo Hockey, winning the Golden Puck as Swedish player of the year in 1999 as a co-recipient with Henrik. Selected second overall by the Canucks in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft, Daniel has spent his entire NHL career in Vancouver and has led the team in scoring twice, in 2006–07 and 2008–09.

Internationally, Daniel competes for Sweden and has won a gold medal at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, as well as two bronze medals at the 1999 and 2001 World Championships.

Early life

Daniel was born on September 26, 1980, in Örnsköldsvik, Sweden, six minutes after his identical twin brother, Henrik Sedin.[1] In addition to Henrik, he also has two older brothers, Stefan and Peter. His father, Tommy, is a school vice principal and also played for Modo Hockey in the 1960s, while his mother, Tora, is a nurse.[1] Daniel began playing organized hockey with Henrik at eight-years-old.[2] They did not regularly play on the same line together until Daniel switched from centre to the wing at 14.[1] Daniel and Henrik both attended high school at Nolaskolan Gymnasium in Sweden while playing professionally for Modo Hockey.[1]

Playing career

Modo Hockey

Daniel began his professional career with Henrik in 1997–98 for Modo of the Swedish Elitserien as a 16-year-old. In their second year with Modo, Daniel led a team that included future NHLers Samuel Påhlsson and František Kaberle in scoring with 42 points in 50 games; Henrik finished tied for second.[3] Daniel and Henrik were then named co-recipients of the Golden Puck as Swedish players of the year.

As a result of their successful 1998–99 season in Sweden, the Sedins were considered top prospects for the 1999 NHL Entry Draft with expectations for each of them to go in the top five.[1] In September 1998, the Sedins agent, Mike Barnett, president of international talent agency IMG, had formally presented them with two options to circumvent the usual NHL draft process in order to play on the same NHL team together.[1] The first option was to enter the 1999 draft and not sign with their respective NHL clubs within two years to become unrestricted free agents. However, their prospective eligibility as unrestricted free agents required playing junior in North America following their draft, which was not their intention.[1] Alternatively, Barnett suggested that either Henrik or Daniel opt-out of the 1999 draft and hope that the same team can selected both players by that route.[1] In regards to the likelihood of the Sedin twins being drafted by separate teams, Vancouver Canucks scout Thomas Gradin commented “They’re good enough to play with anyone, but separately their capacity might decrease by 10 or 15 percent.”[1] Nevertheless, Henrik and Daniel both entered the 1999 draft with the expectation of being selected separately.[2] However, through a series of transactions, Vancouver Canucks general manager Brian Burke obtained the second and third overall picks in order to select Daniel and Henrik, respectively. Gradin notified them five minutes before the draft of the Canucks intentions.[2]

Although Daniel and Henrik were immediately signed about a month later to three-year contracts on July 27, 1999,[4] they chose to return to Sweden to play one more season with Modo. Daniel subsequently finished second in team scoring with 45 points in 50 games, two points behind Henrik.

Vancouver Canucks

In 2000–01, Daniel played his first season for the Canucks, tallying 20 goals (tied for second among rookies) and 34 points. Following 32- and 31-point outputs in his second and third NHL campaigns, Daniel was re-signed, along with Henrik to a one-year, $1.125 million contract on July 29, 2003.[5] Daniel responded with an improved 54 points in 2003–04. That season, on February 24, 2004, Sedin scored his first career hat-trick with a four-goal effort, scoring all the Canucks goals in a 4-2 win over the Detroit Red Wings.[6] As a result, the Canucks re-signed him to another one-year contract on September 10, 2004.[7]During the lockout season, Daniel returned to Sweden to play again for Modo, along with Henrik and teammate Markus Näslund. When NHL play resumed in 2005–06, Daniel emerged with 71 points. Daniel and Henrik were joined that season on their line by newly acquired winger Anson Carter, who led the team in goal-scoring. The trio scored at an equal pace to the Canucks’ top line of Markus Näslund, Brendan Morrison and Todd Bertuzzi. That off-season, Daniel and Henrik re-signed with the Canucks to identical three-year, $10.75 million contracts on June 30, 2006.[8]

Daniel built on his breakout campaign in 2006–07 and established himself as the Canucks’ top scorer. He paced the team with a career-high 36 goals and 84 points to earn the Cyrus H. McLean Trophy. In game one of the Canucks’ first round match-up against the Dallas Stars, Daniel assisted on Henrik’s quadruple-overtime winner, ending the longest-ever Canucks playoff game and the sixth longest in NHL history.[9] Daniel finished the playoffs, however, with a disappointing five points in 12 games and the Canucks were eliminated by eventual Stanley Cup champions, the Anaheim Ducks in the second round.

He continued his scoring pace the following season with 74 points in 2007–08. Late in the 2008–09 season, Daniel was named the NHL’s second star of the week on March 30, 2009, after recording four goals and four assists in four games, including a game winning goal.[10] He finished the season with 31 goals and 82 points, including a career-high 51 assists, tying Henrik for the team lead in points. Daniel and Henrik also tied for the team lead in post-season scoring with identical 10-point playoffs as the Canucks were eliminated in the second round by the Chicago Blackhawks.

Set to become unrestricted free agents on July 1, 2009, Daniel and Henrik began negotiating with the Canucks in the off-season, initially asking for reported 12-year, $63 million contracts in mid-July.[11] With free agency looming, Canucks general manager Mike Gillis travelled to Sweden to visit Daniel and Henrik, where they agreed on identical five-year, $30.5 million contracts on July 1.[12]

Early in the 2009–10 season, Daniel suffered the first major injury of his career. In a game against the Montreal Canadiens on October 7, 2009, he suffered a broken foot after taking a slapshot from teammate Alex Edler. Although Daniel finished the game and recorded three assists, X-rays several days later revealed a fracture.[13] He was sidelined for 18 games, returning to the ice on November 22 against the Chicago Blackhawks.[14] Soon after his return, he notched his third career NHL hat trick in a 4–2 win against the Atlanta Trashers on December 10.[15]

[edit] Personal life

Daniel has a wife, Marinette, a daughter, Ronja, born in 2005, and a son, Erik, born February 3, 2008. He lives in Vancouver during the NHL season and goes back to Sweden every summer.[citation needed] In March 2010, Daniel and Marinette made a joint $1.5 million donation with Henrik Sedin and his wife Johnanna to BC Children’s Hospital. The donation contributed to the medical facility’s $200-million project to build a new hospital; the two families requested that it be specifically put towards a pediatric intensive-care unit and a diagnostic imaging area.[16]

International play

Daniel competed for Sweden at the 1998 European Junior Championships. The final game of the tournament required Sweden to beat Russia by four goals in order to surpass Finland in goal differential and win the gold medal. Henrik recorded a goal and two assists against Russia as Sweden won 5–1.[1] In his NHL draft year, Daniel competed for Sweden at the 1999 World Junior Championships in Winnipeg. He recorded 10 points in six games, tied for second in tournament scoring with Daniel Tkaczuk of Canada and behind Brian Gionta of the United States. Sweden failed to medal, losing the bronze medal game to Slovakia. Later that year, Daniel made his debut for the Swedish men’s team at the 1999 World Championships, where he earned a bronze medal.

The next year, in 2000, Daniel once again competed in both the World Junior Championships and World Championships. Playing as tournament host at the junior tournament, Daniel scored a second-consecutive 10 points – third in tournament-scoring behind Henrik and Milan Kraft of the Czech Republic. Sweden failed to earn a medal once more, losing in the quarterfinal to the United States. At the World Championships, Daniel improved to five points, but did not medal.

Following his rookie season with the Vancouver Canucks, Daniel made his third World Championships appearance in 2001 and helped Sweden to a second bronze medal in three years. He made a fourth tournament appearance in the 2005 World Championships, recording nine points in nine games – tied for fourth in tournament-scoring – as Sweden finished in fourth place.

The following year, Daniel was selected to play in his first Winter Olympics at the 2006 Games in Turin. He contributed four points as Sweden won a gold medal, defeating Finland in an all-Scandinavian final. Four years later, he competed in the 2010 Winter Olympics in his NHL hometown Vancouver. Sweden failed to medal, however, losing in the quarterfinal to Slovakia.

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4 Responses to “Henrik & Daniel Sedin”

  1. Hank says:

    Your info is incorrect. Henrik isn’t the “alternate” captain, he IS the captain!

  2. CINDY BERG says:

    you guys rock and roll….you’re gonna win the cup!!!!!!!:)))

  3. ryan kesler says:

    they rock we will win cup

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