Daniel and Henrik Sedin discuss NHL careers ahead of Hall of Fame inductions
He said he gave a speech to the Canucks before the 2000-01 season, the Sedins’ first in the NHL, in which he laid out the team’s rules. One rule was that novices were to be seen, not heard.
“So I turned to those two,” Burke said. “I said, ‘I don’t want to listen to [gosh-darned] word from you two They kept that promise for four years.”
Burke urged them to speak on Saturday.
Now president of hockey operations for the Pittsburgh Penguins and a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame selection committee, Burke interviewed the Sedins at the PrimeTime Sports Management Conference in Toronto prior to his induction into the Hall of Fame. the Hockey Hall of Fame on Monday.
The highlights of the 25-minute conversation covered the early parts of his career, before winning Olympic gold for Sweden in 2006, Henrik won the NHL’s leading scorer title and the MVP award in 2009 -10 and Daniel won the NHL scoring title in 2010-11.
Did you know that the always calm and polite twins grew up next to a factory that made tanks in Ornskoldsvik, Sweden?
“Peacekeeping tanks,” Daniel said with a smile.
Did you know they have two older brothers: Stefan, six years older, and Peter, four years older, who played hockey and soccer?
“It really pushed us to want to be able to play with them,” Henrik said. “I think that’s what made us strive to be good.”
Did you know, or perhaps remember, that they faced tough times in their first few seasons in the NHL?
“Yeah, it wasn’t easy,” Daniel said. “Obviously the expectations are high for being high draft picks.”
When they arrived in North America, the Sedins lacked strength. What they did have, however, was a football background and excellent cardiovascular conditioning. If they couldn’t outrun their opponents, they would try to survive them.
“If we were in the offensive zone for more than 20 seconds, we knew the other team was going to be tired and we were going to have our chance to score, and I think that’s how we survived while we did it,” Henrik said. . “Our conditioning was better than most people.”
What they also had was intelligence, not to mention an uncommon chemistry as twins. The face-off plays they became famous for came first out of necessity.
“I think that’s something we should have done in the beginning,” Daniel said. “We weren’t physically strong enough to play with the big guys, and we had to find other things that we could use to our advantage. The matchup game was one.”
Henrik called Daniel “the hero of the match”. He said Daniel would come into the locker room during intermission and design “a weird face play.” They would go over it with their peers and execute it the following period.
“We scored a lot of times,” Henrik said. “He gave us a lot of extra goals.”
“It always ended with me scoring,” Daniel added with a smile.
The cycle plays for which the Sedins became famous came mostly later, after they spent the 2004-05 season in Sweden and returned to North America bigger and more physically developed.
“Biking it low was something we always wanted to do, but we couldn’t at first, because of our strength problem,” Daniel said. “I think that’s something after the lockout, when we came back stronger, we were able to do those things.”
Burke said he credited Marc Crawford, the Canucks’ coach from 1998 to 2006, for helping the Sedins through their first few NHL seasons. The twins did too.
“I think Marc saw something in us and believed in us,” Daniel said. “He pushed us, and I think he educated us, what it meant to be professional.”
Henrik said Crawford taught them to play defense first.
“We didn’t produce maybe like people expected, but I think it taught us how to win games, and that’s with defense,” Henrik said. “From there we were able to start producing and being more complete players.”
Losing the 2011 Stanley Cup Final to the Boston Bruins haunts the Sedins. The Canucks overcame series leads of 2-0 and 3-2. They won each of their first three home games by a goal, but lost three home games by a combined score of 17-3. They eventually lost 4-0 in Game 7 at home.
“I wish I could have done something on the road that would have pushed us to win one of the road games,” Daniel said.
Henrik said the Canucks should have wrapped up the series in Game 6.
“To not even get a chance to steal a game on the road, I think that’s what hurt us,” Henrik said. “Going into Game 7, it’s a draw. You fly there after the game. You go home. You see all the fans walking down the street, just waiting for you to win. I’m not going to say it’s an advantage to play at home in Game 7, especially in a Canadian market.”
Henrik said they would each trade their scoring title for a championship.
But here they are now, 23 years after being drafted together, entering the Hockey Hall of Fame together. In Canucks history, Henrik ranks first in games played (1,330), assists (830) and points (1,070) and seventh in goals (240). Daniel ranks first in goals (393) and second in games played (1,306), assists (648) and points (1,041).
“This is really special,” Burke said. “[It’s one thing] for any player to go to the Hockey Hall of Fame, but to go in as identical twin brothers? Wow! Unbelievable.”
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