Sedins lean on each other to handle Hockey Hall of Fame spotlight
VANCOUVER — Daniel Sedin and Henrik Sedin look forward to their Hockey Hall of Fame weekend, to celebrate their 17 career seasons with friends and family, and maybe embarrass their former Vancouver teammate Canucks Roberto Luongo as he plays defense at the Legends Classic. game
However, the soft-spoken twins are not expected to deliver speeches at Monday’s commencement ceremony.
“We don’t really like being in the spotlight, but you have to take it for a few minutes,” Henrik said Wednesday.
Daniel added: “That’s what maybe we’re both a bit nervous about, the speech. But you try to enjoy it and get on with it because you also want to thank all the people who’ve been with us all these years. . “
The Sedins and Luongo, who played with them as the Canucks’ No. 1 goaltender for parts of eight seasons in Vancouver, were elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame on June 28 in their first year of ‘eligibility, highlighting a group that also includes Daniel Alfredsson, Riikka Sallinen and the late Herb Carnegie.
Asked if they had solicited any advice on writing a speech from former teammate Kevin Bieksa, who hilariously introduced the Sedins at the jersey retirement ceremony at Rogers Arena in 2020 and now works as television analyst on “Hockey Night in Canada,” Daniel said. We’d like to have their trust to be up there.”
Instead, the Sedins will rely on each other, just as they did growing up in Sweden and throughout their NHL careers.
It’s not lost on the Sedins that none of this would have been likely if then-Vancouver GM Brian Burke hadn’t found a way to draft them No. 2 (Daniel, who took 22 as a result) and number 3 (Henrik). , who carried 33) in the 1999 NHL Draft.
“This is something you think about, not daily, but often,” Daniel said. “A lot of things have gone well and we’ve had the opportunity to be on the same team and I think we wanted to make the most of it, and I think we’re proud of that.”
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The Sedins finished atop most of the Canucks’ all-time lists.
Henrik is their all-time leader in assists (830), points (1,070), games played (1,330) and power points (369). He won the Hart Trophy as the NHL’s most valuable player and the Art Ross Trophy as the league’s leading scorer in 2009-10, when he had 112 points (29 goals, 83 assists) in 82 games.
Daniel scored a Canucks record 393 goals and is second behind his brother in assists (648), points (1,041), games played (1,306) and power play points (367). Won the Art Ross Trophy and the Ted Lindsay Award (awarded annually to the NHL’s most outstanding player as voted by members of the NHL Players Association) in 2010-11 when he had 104 points (41 goals, 63 assists). .
The Sedins were notoriously competitive with each other, whether it was card games in team flights or pushing each other during offseason training, but it was their mutual support that got them going allowing him to overcome early career struggles amid pressure from Vancouver fans and media. .
“We felt the pressure, absolutely,” Henrik said. “It was hard to get to the track a lot of days.”
They leaned on each other to get through it.
“We went through everything together,” Daniel said. “You know that someone else went through the exact same thing as you and to be able to talk to someone on a daily basis about these issues, or good things, I think that’s really important for anyone. But having your brother there obviously makes it more easy. Whenever you had to vent or talk about things that happened, I think that’s huge.”
Also useful when writing speeches for the Hockey Hall of Fame.
“We made our own speeches,” Daniel said. “But we also want to make sure we’re not saying the same thing and thanking the right people, so there’s going to be some separation in that department.”
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