The Vancouver Canucks will be finishing up their 2017-18 regular season schedule this week with games against the Vegas Golden Knights on Tuesday, the Arizona Coyotes on Thursday and in Edmonton against the Oilers on Saturday.
However it was the Canucks that made National Hockey League headlines on Easter weekend when they announced that Daniel and Henrik Sedin of Sweden, would retire at the end of the season. The Sedins could go down in history as one of the best twin combination in the history of sports. In recent years, two other twins who have made a huge impact in sports have been football players Ronde and Tiki Barber and men’s doubles tennis players Mike and Bob Bryan.
The Sedins never brought a Stanley Cup to Vancouver, but they were one win away from accomplishing that feat. The Canucks lost to the Boston Bruins in seven games in the 2011 Stanley Cup Finals.
What is remarkable is that the Sedins were able to play with each other for the Canucks. Vancouver General Manager Brian Burke was able to make some complex deals to ensure the Sedins would be teammates with the Canucks. Due to some managerial creativity, and ensuring the Atlanta Thrashers would not select either of the Sedin twins (they selected Patrik Stefan instead), the Sedins were able to settle in Vancouver for the next 17 seasons.
Through their time with the Canucks each Sedin twin won the Art Ross Trophy, for the NHL leader in points. Henrik won it in 2010 as he led the NHL with 112 points. Daniel won it in 2011 as he led the NHL with 104 points. Daniel also won the Hart Trophy in 2010 as the NHL’s most valuable player and led the NHL that season with 83 assists.
The Sedins never won a Stanley Cup, but they did win an Olympic gold medal (sorry Mr. Bettman, but many players think an Olympic gold medal is just as meaningful as a Stanley Cup). They accomplished the feat for their native Sweden at the 2006 Olympic Games in Turin. Each Sedin twin collected four points in the tournament. Henrik had three goals and one assist and Daniel had one goal and three assists.
The Sedins will always also be remembered as outstanding ambassadors. Henrik won the 2016 King Clancy Memorial Trophy, but both deserved praise for their outstanding financial contributions in assisting Vancouver charities over the years. In 2010, the Sedins donated $1.5 million to build a new children’s hospital in Vancouver.