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Let's take a moment to reflect on how great these two were for our city province country, shall we?  As they receive this honour, it's really a good time to remember how special they were and all that they did, both on and off the ice.  

I had the great pleasure of attending many games with them at the helm....their last in our rink was the most memorable ever for me.  So emotionally charged and the building was full of people in awe of our twins, all wanting to show their appreciation and admiration for two very special ambassadors of our city.

 

Well done, Henrik and Daniel.  You are true greats in every respect.  Here's the article from the Province.

 

https://theprovince.com/sports/hockey/ben-kuzma-sedins-induction-into-b-c-sports-hall-of-fame-feels-like-home

 

Canucks' dynamic duo set franchise records, embraced everything on and off the ice

We will never forget the artistry, accountability and amiable nature that set Henrik and Daniel Sedin apart on and off the ice.

The legendary Swedish twins were inducted Wednesday into the B.C. Sports Hall of Fame — in advance of Thursday’s gala — and raising their numbers to the rafters at Rogers Arena next season befits the dynamic duo.

As great as they were in 17 NHL seasons to establish franchise records for goals (Daniel, 393), assists (Henrik, 830) and points (Henrik, 1,070) — their league-wide impact was immense.

In 2010, Henrik captured the Art Ross Trophy as scoring leader with 112 points (29-83) and the Hart Trophy as most valuable player. In 2011, Daniel won the Art Ross Trophy with 104 points (41-63) and the Ted Lindsay Award as most outstanding as voted by the players.

Henrik was also honoured with the King Clancy Memorial Trophy for leadership in 2015-16 and the twins shared the award in 2017-18.

Greatness isn’t defined by statistics and jaw-dropping Sedinery. It was when the person away from the game became as prominent as the player. The Sedins placed a priority on selflessly and quietly giving time and money to charities to acknowledge and support a city and province that embraced them.

In 2010, they made a joint donation with their wives of $1.5 million toward the pediatric intensive-care unit and diagnostic-imaging area of a new building project at B.C. Children’s Hospital.

Maybe that’s why the hockey gods smiled when the twins turned back the clock in their home-ice finale April 5, 2018.

They were at their playmaking best and had just enough left in the tank when Henrik fed Daniel for a one-timer slapper. His second goal at 2:33 of overtime on the power play completed the raucous rally in an unforgettable 4-3 triumph over the Arizona Coyotes.

The Sedins still look like they could keep playing, but have found new challenges on the ski slopes, trail and road racing courses, horse racing and even Daniel acting as a school-crossing guard.

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Henrik Sedin clambers over the boards with Daniel at his side in the third period of their emotional sendoff game at Rogers Arena on April 5, 2018. Gerry Kahrmann / PNG

We caught up with the 38-year-olds Wednesday before their induction:

Q: You’ve both won awards in Sweden and the NHL. What does this honour mean?

Daniel: “It means a lot. A lot of former Canucks are in the B.C. Sports Hall of Fame and a lot of other great athletes. Vancouver and B.C. have always been a big part of our lives.”

Henrik: “We grew up in a small town in northern Sweden (Örnsköldsvik) and to be acknowledged like this, it’s far away from home and it’s been amazing.”

Q: What does it mean for your families, wives and kids?

Daniel: “It starts with mom and dad growing up because they did so much for us. They wanted to be here these two days but mom has a bad back and couldn’t make the flight. But our wives have been there for us and the kids have grown up here. We have a lot of great friends outside of hockey we like spending time with and it’s a perfect situation for us.”

Henrik: “Our families have been through a lot as well and being away from home as much as I have, the wives did a lot of work behind the scenes and it’s the same honour for them.”

Q: What memorabilia will go into the Hall display, and what would you like to see?

Daniel: “We have a lot of old jerseys and sticks and equipment, and I like to see things we’ve done outside of hockey because being part of the Canucks means we’ve been involved in a lot of charities.”

Henrik: “I’d like to see a mix of what we’ve been through, things we’ve won and teams we’ve been on. I’m sure they’ll do a good job.”

Q: What impact and legacy have you left the sport in B.C.?

Daniel: “We did everything we could to be the best we could, and hopefully that can inspire people and inspire them with what we did outside of hockey.”

Henrik: “Trying to be the best people we could be. Fans can think what they want of us as players — some are going to like us and some aren’t — but if you can be remembered as a good person, that’s No. 1.”

Q: Could you have accomplished this without each other?

Daniel: “I doubt it. We helped each other since we were little kids and inspiring each other by competing and pushing ourselves because even the first few years over here, we did a lot of talking to get through the tough times. And we got better slowly, together. We wouldn’t be here without each other.”

Henrik: “I doubt it. If we could have got through the first couple of years, maybe we would have taken these steps ourselves. But to get through that to where we are, it would have been tough. We came in different from young players now. We were not ready to play right away and spent one or two summers in the gym when we came over.”

Q: What don’t we know about your twin brother?

Daniel: “He’s a slow runner (laughter). Maybe as captain he came across as being a serious guy, but he can be really funny and just great to be around. He makes life easier and happier, too.”

Henrik: “I think you know pretty much everything, but he’s more social than I am. I like my alone time and he might be a little different.”

Q: What are you most proud of in your remarkable careers?

Daniel: “When you did everything you could to get better and win, when you look back you can be proud and happy. And when you play a team game, you don’t want to let your teammates down or the coach or the fans. We loved competing and being the go-to guys and were always up for the challenge.”

Henrik: “That we’ve been able to stick around and play for so long and for one team. We had people who believed in us and we never shied away from the pressure from media and fans early on. That’s what we’re most proud of. And 2011 (Stanley Cup Final) is something you’re going to remember forever, but there are teams every year that lose out and should have won.”

Q: What do you think of the Canucks’ future?

Daniel: “A lot of good pieces. If they can build on this and get better and be honest that the young players need to take the next step to get better. Everyone knows that and we’ll see. But I said when we retired the Canuck fans should be excited about taking the steps and getting some new players on the team.”

Henrik: “They’ve taken a few steps for sure, but they still need things to pan out and the young players to take steps. They need to surround the players they believe in with good players and support them. That’s what I think they’re going to try to do the next couple of years.”

Q: Will we see you back in the game in some capacity?

Daniel: “We’ve said all along that hockey is the main thing for us and what we know, but at the same time, we’ve said we’re tired of travelling and tired of getting on those long road trips. It has to be the right fit. Who knows? We might end up doing something completely different. We’ll find something that makes us happy.”

Henrik: “We said we were going to take a year off and here we are. We’ll see what happens but it’s something we’re going to keep our mind open to for sure.”

CALL TO B.C. HALL

Other inductees are athletes Emily Brydon (skiing), Roy Gerela(football) and Kelly McCallum (rugby), builder-coaches Darlene Currie (basketball), Ken Holland (hockey) and Tony Waiters(soccer), 1968 New Westminster Salmonbellies (lacrosse), pioneer Ralph (Hunk) Henderson (basketball-football), Dan Jukich(media) and Ron Toigo (W.A.C. Bennett Award).

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I remember one time a friend and I who had access down the tunnel were standing around chatting long after the game had ended when I heard murmuring in another language approaching us.  I turned to see...the Sedins passing by, dressed in their suits as they were going to exit the building.  Just two regular guys, they waved and smiled, then carried on.  But....legends in my mind, so I was completely starstruck.  

 

Then again, after their retirement...at a pre Whitecaps game scrimmage.  They just wanted to blend in on the sidelines and not take the spotlight or create hoopla.  They let the others engage in that and they just...played soccer.

 

Beyond beyond magicians on the ice, they were just really good people.   The world needs more like them....

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Congrats to the Sedins, I still miss them being on the ice!  but I will say they retired at the right time. there are some in the nhl, that are even older who refuse to retire  and give up their spot to the younger generation waiting, in my opinion that is not right. I hope the Sedins do come back and maybe work the power play , couldn't be worse than it was this year. I think the Sedins would do good there

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We have been very lucky to have had these gentlemen in our community and on our Canucks Team.

They brought skill, finesse and great sportsmanship to the NhL ,even though they never got the respect they deserved around the league from classless players.

 

The B.C. HALL OF FAME IS A GOOD PLACE FOR THESE TWO BOYS TO STAY IN INFAMY,

WELL DESERVED.

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2 hours ago, apollo said:

In all honesty these guys deserve to be on planet earth's Hall of fame. Just the province of bc doesn't do justice. They were that legendary. 

 

:goat::goat:

 

 

Absolutely.  And thank you Apollo again for bringing back your picture (yes I know it’s been a while but it’s your superpower).  The Sedins are going to the HHOF, part of the best team we’ve ever had (and that’s hard to admit from someone who adored the Linden teams of the early nineties) , but give credit to where’s it’s due, we were the best team in the league for a couple of years in thanks to the twins and Luongo plus plus.  Class acts too.  Retired when they should have and made sure the last few games would be memorable.

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Will never get the respect they deserve. BC Hall of Fame today, Hockey Hall of Fame tomorrow. They changed the way hockey is played in the NHL. That's not hyperbole, that's just fact. My Canuck/hockey fandom started thanks to the West Coast express but these two were special beyond just hockey. Last year felt off for me as a fan. Watching the Canucks and not seeing the Sedins felt wrong to an extent. They've always been on this team in the time I been a hardcore fan. I just wish they could have won the Stanley Cup. They deserved it.

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Congratulations on the Sedins on being inducted into the B.C. Sports Hall of Fame. I look forward to the day they are inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame. They didn’t get the respect by the league that they deserved when they were playing. I hope one day they can at least get it in retirement. They literally changed the game with their style and playmaking abilities. The way they used each other on the ice was legendary. That Sedin magic. Incredible both on and off the ice. Class acts. All the best to them in retirement!

 

 

@debluvscanucks Featured and pinned this thread. This one deserves to be around for a while. Don’t want it buried during the summer proposal season ;)

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