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Henrik Sedin

Born:September 26, 1980Draft:1999 Canucks, #3 Overall
Hometown:Örnsköldsvik, SwedenPosition:Center
Known For:The Cycle GameShoots:Left
National Team:Sweden

Henrik Lars Sedin (born 26 September 1980) is a Swedish former professional ice hockey centre who played 18 seasons in the National Hockey League (NHL) for the Vancouver Canucks, from 2000–2018. He additionally served as the Canucks‘ captain from 2010 until his retirement. Born and raised in Örnsköldsvik, Sweden, Sedin and his identical twin brother Daniel played together throughout their careers; the pair were renowned for their effectiveness as a tandem. Henrik, a skilled passer, was known as a playmaker (150+ more career NHL assists than Daniel) while Daniel was known as a goal-scorer (150+ more career NHL goals than Henrik). Sedin tallied 240 goals and 830 assists in 1,330 NHL games, ranking him as the Canucks‘ all-time leading points scorer.

Sedin began his career in the Swedish Hockey League with Modo Hockey in 1997 and was co-recipient, with brother Daniel, of the 1999 Golden Puck as Swedish player of the year. Selected third overall—one pick after brother Daniel—by the Canucks in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft, Sedin spent his entire NHL career in Vancouver. After four seasons with the club, he became the Canucks’ top-scoring center in 2005–06. He has since won three Cyrus H. McLean Trophies as the team’s leading point-scorer (from 2007–08 to 2009–10) and one Cyclone Taylor Award as the team’s most valuable player (2010). In 2009–10, he won the Hart Memorial Trophy as well as the Art Ross Trophy as the NHL’s most valuable player and leading point-scorer, respectively. He was also named to the NHL First All-Star Team that year and again in 2010–11, a season that included an appearance in the Stanley Cup Finals, where Vancouver lost to the Boston Bruins in seven games. That summer, Henrik and Daniel were named co-recipients of the Victoria Scholarship as Swedish athletes of the year.

Internationally, Sedin has competed on Sweden’s national ice hockey team. He is a two-time Olympian and helped Sweden to a gold medal at the 2006 Winter Games in Turin. In five appearances at the IIHF World Championships, he has won bronze medals in 1999 and 2001 and clinched the world title in 2013. At the junior level, he appeared in one World U17 Hockey Challenge (where he won silver), two European Junior and three World Junior Championships.

Henrik Sedin Dallas Stars v Vancouver Canucks 2007 Stanley Cup Playoffs
Henrik Sedin, Vancouver Canucks (Photo by Jeff Vinnick/Getty Images)

Henrik Sedin Stats

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Achievements

  • Captain of the Canucks (2010-2018)
  • Art Ross Trophy (2010)
  • Hart Trophy (2010)
  • Viking Award (2010)
  • Two-time King Clancy Award winner (2016, 2018)
  • Played in three All-Star Games (2008, 2011, 2012)
  • Henrik Sedin’s jersey (#33) was retired by the Canucks in 2020
  • Won a bronze medal with Team Sweden at the 1999 World Championship
  • Won a gold medal with Team Sweden at the 2006 Winter Olympics and the 2013 World Championship (WC)
  • Named to the 2013 WC All-Star Team

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