J.I.A.H.N Posted November 18, 2017 Share Posted November 18, 2017 Just some random thoughts about Hank and Danny What a year it must be for Daniel and Henrik. What a career! (Singular on purpose!) We can't imagine what could be going through their heads, as they tape their sticks or tighten their skates for their 18th season. The drive, the respect, the integrity, the records...........the honor! ( I am sure that is how they see it!) Drafted 2nd and 3rd in 1999 at the age of 19.......imagine 19 years of age! (That was the draft age back then) Staying one more year in Sweden, before coming to Vancouver, we could hardly wait to see these 2 Swedish phenomenon's It was a quieter time, with less information, and less scouting, but Vancouver was abuzz, having waited for one whole year to see these players. Back then, they looked so young, such red hair and for the first 4 years, we seen them learn the pro game, gradually building from the year before You could always see their talent, glimpses in the first year, flashes in the next few years, then exploding in the 2005 - 2006 season (Or so we thought!) But it got better, and in 2009 - 2010 and 2010 - 2011 seasons, having scored over 100 + points.........we witnessed true Sedinery They were magic, and defencemen could not figure out how to defend against them, and defensive forwards were left spinning in the corners, as the puck entered the net. They were fantastic, and Sports TV could not get enough of them........."We could not get enough of them!" They were tough and took a pounding, and for many years, played just about every game of the year, without injury And the Opposition, although always respectful of their talents, took them for granted, looking for cracks in their armour......Something, that you just never seen........ Gloves in the face, slough foots, cross checks to the head, boarding, slashes.....they just got up, and usually scored on the resulting power play They were "Professionals" to the bone! They were just friggin amazing, and I for one feel the better for having had them here for all these years. Now, in the twilight of their careers, they must have some soul searching days, wondering, remembering, trying with every breath to lead, to shoot, or back-check Never known for being fast skaters, they sure had the other skills in spades, and you don't have to back-check when you have the puck...that is for sure! Now giving way to younger players.....who quite honestly do not have even remotely the same skill level, must be a funny feeling for these 2 puck wizards But true to their form, they continue to be the true "professionals" they are. We should take the time to remember their greatness, and throw a little respect their way. After all, we will never have those moments back, once they retire. This only scratches the surface on what they have given, both to the club, to the community and me...... I played hockey through them, and they brought my family together to watch them on TV every game......I can't begin to tell you how many conversations I had with my Dad over their mastery of the puck. I don't know when their last game will be, whether it is at the end of this year, or a season or 2 from now, but I hope Danny scores a hat-trick and Henrik assists on all 3 of them...that would be fitting end! They have be fun to watch! They certainly have my respect. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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