Hockey Hall of Fame: Henrik Sedin

The annual Hockey of Hall of Fame event takes place this weekend and a new set of inductees ready to be honoured.

Joining fellow inductee Daniel Sedin is his twin brother Henrik, a fellow Vancouver Canuck veteran, goalscorer, playmaker and humanitarian.

Who is Henrik?

Henrik 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.

Henrik is the older of the two twins but only by 6 minutes.

He’ll be inducted (along with his brother) in the Player Category at this year’s Hockey Hall of Fame event at the Meridian Hall Toronto on Monday.

Former Vancouver Canucks’ Henrik Sedin, of Sweden, listens to a question during a media availability ahead of a Wednesday ceremony where the NHL hockey team is scheduled to retire both his number and that of his twin brother Daniel Sedin, in Vancouver, on Monday February 10, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Vancouver Canucks

Henrik 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.

Together, they effectively became the face of the Canucks over the next 2 decades.

Playing in the centre, Henrik managed to rack up 1330 games, score 240 goals, 830 assists and amassed 1070 points. In the 2009/10 season, he racked up a franchise record of 83 assists and 112 points, the highest in one season at that time.

He was also named the teams top points scorer in the 2 seasons prior (2007/08 – 2009/10). In the following season (2010/11) Henrik was also named as the team’s 13th captain of the Canucks.

During the abbreviated season 2012/13, the Swede went on to beat former Canuck Markus Näslund’s career points record, by just 1 point (757), making him the new all-time points score leader.

Henrik and his brother played their last game with the Canucks in April 2018. The Canucks duly retired Henrik’s #33 and Daniel’s #22 in February 2020.

Vancouver Canucks’ Daniel Sedin (22) and Henrik Sedin (33) skate past each other during first period NHL action against the Edmonton Oilers, in Edmonton on Saturday, April 7, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

Team Sweden

In addition to his Canucks career, Henrik also joined his brother as part of the Swedish national team, competing between 1997 and 2016.

The brothers were pivotal players in Sweden’s efforts to win big in international tournaments. He played 32 games as a junior, scoring 15 goals and assisting 27. As a senior he played 53 games, scoring 12 and assisting 18.

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 – Henrik was the first of the twins to win this trophy in 2010. He finished the season with 112 points (29 goals and 83 assists).

Hart Memorial Trophy – Henrik was awarded the trophy in 2010 after being voted to be the Most Valuable Player by the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association.

NHL All-Star Game – Henrik was called up to play for the NHL All Star team in 2008, 2010 and 2012.

NHL first All-Star team – This was awarded to the Swede twice; 2010 and 2011.

Presidents’ Trophy – Henrik and his brother Daniel 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 – Henrik won this trophy 4 times during his career. (Jointly with Daniel in 2008/09) The award is given to the player with highest point-scoring player in the Canucks during the season.

Cyclone Taylor Award – Henrik won this trophy twice 2010 and 2012, for achieving the accolade of being that season’s MVP for the Canucks.

Molson Cup – Henrik collected this award in 2010 following the accumulated votes at the end of season. This is not an official NHL award and instead is collected points from media scores.

Olympic Gold Medal – Won at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin 

Former Vancouver Canucks players Daniel Sedin, left, and his twin brother Henrik Sedin, both of Sweden, walk onto the ice during a ceremony to retire their numbers before an NHL hockey game in Vancouver on Wednesday February 12, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Executive roles

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.

Posted on: 10 Nov 2022