One of the most fun parts of watching hockey, or even sports in general, is watching relationships develop between players. Whether it’s a rivalry that’s all in good fun between opponents or a close bond between long-time teammates, it really helps fans build a connection to the game. One of the most unique connections in professional sports is between siblings.
The NHL has seen many cases of this, with some brothers playing together, some playing against each other, and even twins playing in sync for their entire careers. Today we chose three of the most memorable families in recent NHL history and took a look at how the game has helped strengthen their bond over the years. We sorted these sets of siblings into “past”, “present”, and “future.” This story will be published in three parts, the first being the NHL’s siblings of the past.
Past: The Sedins (Henrik and Daniel)
When all is said and done, Henrik and Daniel Sedin will probably go down as two of the best members of the Vancouver Canucks franchise.
The pair were drafted back to back by Vancouver in 1999, with Daniel going second overall and Henrik third. Both forwards made their debut for the Canucks during the 2000-2001 season, Daniel appearing in 75 games and Henrik in all 82. Daniel scored 34 points throughout the year (20 goals and 14 assists) and Henrik recorded 29 (nine goals and 20 assists).
As time went on, they both improved as individual players while still growing as a unit. Daniel reached his career high in points during the 2010-2011 season, with 41 goals and 63 assists for 104 points, playing in all 82 games. Henrik’s career high in points came at the end of the 2009-2010 season, a year before Daniel. He recorded 29 goals and 83 assists, making 112 points altogether in 82 games. When the duo chose to retire last year, they ended their careers with a lot to be proud of.
Henrik ranks sixth among active NHL players in scoring, with 1,330 games under his belt and 1,070 points over that period of time (240 goals and 830 assists). As for Daniel, he sits right behind Henrik at seventh in active NHL players’ scoring, with 1,041 points (393 goals and 648 assists) in 1,306 games. They even ended their final NHL game in Vancouver in sync, with Henrik passing to Daniel who scored the game-winning goal in overtime.
These two accomplished so much throughout their career, getting an entirely new generation of fans in Vancouver to have hope, get excited, and even just start paying attention to the team.
Be sure to look out for the next two installments in “Oh, Brother! The NHL’s Siblings From the Past, Present, and Future.” The next story will focus on who we think are the most influential siblings in the NHL right now.