Henrik Lars Sedin is a Swedish former professional ice hockey centre. He played 18 seasons in the National Hockey League for the Vancouver Canucks. Henrik is the Canucks’ all-time leading points scorer with 240 goals and 830 assists. He is a two-time Olympian and helped Sweden to a gold medal at the 2006 Winter Games in Turin. He was named captain of the Canucks from 2010 until his retirement in 2018.
About Henrik Sedin in brief
Henrik Lars Sedin is a Swedish former professional ice hockey centre. He played 18 seasons in the National Hockey League for the Vancouver Canucks. Henrik is the Canucks’ all-time leading points scorer with 240 goals and 830 assists. 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. He 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. The Sedins were considered top prospects for the 1999 NHL Entry Draft and expressed a desire to play for the same team. They were selected third overall by the Canucks in the 1999 draft, one pick after brother Daniel. He was named captain of the Canucks from 2010 until his retirement in 2018. He has also been named to the NHL First All-Star Team twice, in 2010 and again in 2010–11. 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, in 2009–10. He also won three Cyrus H. McLean Trophies and one Cyclone Taylor Award as the team’smost valuable player in 2005–06. In 2013, Henrik was named the NHL Player of the Year for the second time in his career, after winning the award in 1998. He and Daniel played together throughout their careers; the pair were renowned for their effectiveness as a tandem.
The pair attended high school at Nolaskolan Gymnasium in their hometown in Sweden while playing professionally for Modo hockey. They have two older brothers, Stefan and Peter. Their father, Tommy, is a school vice principal who played for Moda Hockey in the 1960s; their mother, Tora is a nurse. They did not regularly play on the same line until Daniel switched from centre to wing at the age of 14, when he became a centre. In 1999, the Canucks used the second and third overall picks to select Henrik and Daniel to select them separately. However, then-Canucks general manager Brian Burke already possessed the third overall pick through a series of transactions. On the possibility of the Sedins’ playing for separate teams, he notified the Canucks of their intentions before they were selected by five minutes of the draft. The Canucks used these two picks and Daniel and Henrik were selected to select each other in the same draft. In the same year, he was also named co- Recipient of the Victoria Scholarship as Swedish athletes of theyear. In his second year with Moda, he improved to 12 goals and 34 points, joint second in team scoring with Samuel Påhlsson, behind Daniel. In 2007, he recorded a goal and five points over 39 games during his rookie season. In 2008, he became the Canucks’s top-scoring centre in 2005-06.