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Happy birthday Henrik. Happy birthday Daniel. #HockeyBirthdays


Like fine wine, better with age. Here's to the 2 greatest Canucks on/off the ice ever. Don't really get the respect they deserve at times which is a shame but pretty sure a good chunk of us appreciate what they've done for this team over the past decade or so. The sacrifice they've made for this team/community/province is unmatched and we're all grateful for having them wear the Orca their entire careers.

Here's to a few more years in Vancouver and who knows, maybe then our youngsters are in the lineup and we're trending upwards as true contenders? :)

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We are so fortunate to have them here...and I'm hoping they are celebrating in style. And, by in style, I mean having a lovely/quiet time with their families.

Thank you, to "the twins" who have come to mean so much here. It's been a wonderful experience getting to "know" them, as fine, upstanding citizens as well as hockey heroes.

Happy birthday x 2

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Daniel and Henrik Sedin celebrate their 35th birthday today. Catching up with the twins: http://t.co/L78kLeeDFf http://t.co/FvGwRoZIpd

Sedins, turning 35, confident they have plenty left

TORONTO -- Twin forwards Daniel Sedin and Henrik Sedin of the Vancouver Canucks are not ready to make their harness racing hobby into a full-time endeavor just yet.

The Sedins, who own several standardbred racehorses in Sweden and North America, will celebrate their 35th birthdays Saturday and have heard the chatter their time in the NHL is running out.

But all you have to do is look at the top 10 players in the scoring race from the 2014-15 season to discover they remain among the elite.

Daniel finished tied for eighth with 76 points (20 goals), slightly better than Henrik, who tied for 10th with 73 points (18 goals).

"I don't really listen to [naysayers]," Daniel said. "We showed last year that we can still play at a high level. For us, it's about staying in shape and staying healthy. If we can do that there is no reason why we can't play in this league a few more seasons."

The Sedins each played in all 82 regular-season games and six games in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. It was their first time playing every game for the Canucks since 2010-11, which ended with a Game 7 loss to the Boston Bruins in the Stanley Cup Final.

"There were a lot of comments about us being finished before last season," said Henrik, the Canucks captain. "We showed we could still play by being in the top 10 in scoring. If we stay injury free and prepare the way you want to we will keep playing."

Health certainly played a big role in the Sedins' resurgence. But how much of it was playing for coach Willie Desjardins after one season under John Tortorella?

"I look at it that if you play over here for 15 years you're going to have your ups and downs," Daniel said. "We probably had a bigger down year than we expected under Tortorella, but I respect him as a coach and as a human being. I never would blame my season on him.

"For us, it was a matter of getting back to the way we can play."

Henrik concurred that Tortorella was not the issue.

"As a team, we had a great start right up until New Year's Eve and then we had a lot of injuries, myself included. That wasn't [Tortorella's] problem," he said.

"Last year we came back after we had a good summer. We were deeper as a team and we were able to overcome some injuries."

It was interesting, however, to see Desjardins stick with his game plan to play four lines and make sure the Sedins weren't overplayed. The twins' ice time was reduced by more than two minutes a game last season.

In 2013-14, Henrik played 20:40 a game, Daniel 20:36. Last season, Daniel was at 18:21 to Henrik's 18:36.

This kept the Sedins fresh, and they will have to continue to share ice time with the Canucks' young group of forwards that includes Bo Horvat, Hunter Shinkaruk, Brendan Gaunce, Sven Baertschi, Nicklas Jensen and Jake Virtanen. With the exception of Horvat, this group helped the Canucks' American Hockey League affiliate, the Utica Comets, advance to the Calder Cup Final last spring.

"For us, it's exciting to see so many young faces," Daniel said. "We haven't seen that a lot during our time in Vancouver."

Henrik said he hopes to see many of these young faces in the lineup this season. He marvels at how mentally and physically ready young players are to step in and contribute these days.

"Ten or 15 years ago, it was difficult for a young player to come in and make an impact," Henrik said. "It's not like that anymore. You see a lot of young guys come in now and make a difference right away.

"I think it probably started with [sidney] Crosby and [Alex] Ovechkin being ready when they came into the League."

The Canucks are five seasons removed from the Cup Final. Last season, they were upset in the Western Conference First Round by the Calgary Flames. In 2013-14, Vancouver missed the postseason.

"I'm very excited," Henrik said. "I don't think there are a lot of people who believe in us, but we have a lot of young players who had a good season in the minors and went a long way."

Daniel said, "I think we're closer than people give us credit for. I think Henrik and I and some others can stay at a high level, and some of the young guys come in and play well, we're going to be a tough team."

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Their play would lead one to believe they are at least 5 years younger.

Many people criticize them for not having 'an extra gear' come playoff time, but to me that says they play at their hardest every single game. Couldn't ask for better leadership than that.

Very fortunate to have them on the team.

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The end of an era draws ever closer. It's going to be a sad day when the Sedin's retire. It was their skill and creativity that drew me into the league. Not a fan of the current direction this team is headed but at least the Sedins are here to lead the way in the near future.

Let's hope their magic touch rubs off on on some youngins. Happy Birthday boys!

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I'm still in awe at how blessed we've been to have these guys for so long. Not only are they great players and have incredible work ethic, they are also fantastic off-ice role models as well, probably even better than on-ice.

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