It’s time for a new set of inductees to the Hockey Hall of Fame this year and it’s quite a list. We thought we’d cover the inductees who’ve played a major part in shaping Canadian NHL hockey.
What better person to start with than one of two driving forces in the Vancouver Canucks, Daniel Sedin. His brother Henrik will also be inducted and you can check out more about him below too…
Who is Daniel?
Daniel Sedin has been involved in professional Ice Hockey for almost 3 decades now, first as a player before more recently migrating into executive roles for his NHL team, the Vancouver Canucks.
Hailing originally from Örnsköldsvik, Sweden, Daniel and his twin brother Henrik have been playing Ice Hockey ever since the age of 8 years old.
He’ll be inducted in the Player Category at this year’s Hockey Hall of Fame event at the Meridian Hall Toronto on Monday.
Daniel and his brother were both drafted into the Canucks in 2000 and played 18 seasons with the team until 2018, when he and his brother both retired from the professional game.
Playing on the left wing, he racked up 1306 games, scored 393 goals, assisted with 648 and amassed over 1000 points, making him the second all-time points scoring Canuck player in NHL franchise history.
Did we mention his goalscoring reputation? In his rookie season alone 2000/01, he managed to score 20 goals and rack up 34 points. By the 2005/06 season, Daniel was managing 20 or more goals per season and 70 or more points to top it off. His biggest goal count came in 2006/07 when he scored 36 goals and a whopping 84 points.
Daniel and his brother helped the Canucks head to the Stanley Cup Finals in the 2010/11 season, where they lost in a close best of 6 against Boston Bruins.
In January 2016, he was named highest scoring Canuck, netting his 347th goal.
Daniel and his brother played their last game with the Canucks in April 2018. The Canucks duly retired Daniel’s #22 and Henrik’s #33 in February 2020.
In addition to his Canucks career, Daniel has also played with the Swedish national team, competing between 1997 and 2016.
He’s been a pivotal player in Sweden’s efforts to win big in international tournaments. He played 32 games as a junior, scoring 20 goals and assisting 22. As a senior he played 54 games, scoring 12 and assisting 25.
On the line, he helped team Sweden, achieve Gold in the 1998 IIHF European Junior Championships and later at the 2006 Winter Olympics and 2013 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championships.
Art Ross Trophy – Daniel won his first Art Ross trophy in 2011, finishing the season with 104 points (41 goals and 63 assists). His brother Henrik had won the trophy in the previous year.
Ted Lindsay Award – Daniel won this award after being nominated by his NHL peers as the most valuable player in the franchise.
Presidents’ Trophy – Daniel and his brother Henrik helped the Canucks win this trophy, recognising their achievement of scoring the most points in the 2011/12 season.
King Clancy Memorial Trophy – Won the award jointly in 2018 with his brother Henrik, for raising $1.5m for the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation in 2010. They had also helped raise $42m for the Canucks for Kids Fund since 2000.
Cyrus H. McLean Trophy – Daniel won this trophy 4 times during his career. The award is given to the player with highest point-scoring player in the Canucks during the season.
Cyclone Taylor Award – Daniel won this trophy in 2011 for achieving the accolade of being that season’s MVP for the Canucks.
Olympic Gold Medal – Won at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin
Gold Medal – Won at the IIHF World Championship in 2013
In June 2021, Daniel and his brother became Special Advisers to the Canucks General Manager within the Canucks Operations department.
They later transitioned into new roles on player development from May this year.