Throughout his Hockey Corridor of Fame induction speech, Henrik Sedin did not miss the chance to take a playful shot at his twin brother, linemate — and as of Monday evening — fellow inductee.
“It got here all the way down to a last-minute choice to attend,” he stated in his speech. “However as our coaches at all times stated, ‘Henrik at 70 per cent is loads higher than Daniel at 100.”‘
The Sedins, Canucks teammate Roberto Luongo, former Ottawa Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson, Finnish girls’s nationwide group participant Riikka Sallinen and builder Herb Carnegie have been welcomed into the corridor as the category of 2022 on Monday.
Chosen No. 3 on the 1999 NHL draft — one spot behind Daniel — Henrik Sedin owns a giant chunk of Vancouver’s file e-book as its chief in assists (830), factors (1,070) and video games performed (1,330) in his 17 seasons.
The centre playfully supplied his two cents within the unending debate about which of the symbiotic Sedins, who terrorized a era of defenders with their imaginative and prescient and talent, was higher.
“I missed 30 video games in my profession and Danny’s manufacturing was not the identical,” he stated with a smirk. “In 2010, Danny missed 20 video games … I had 11 objectives and 9 assists.
“With Daniel I used to be barely a 20-goal scorer. With out him I might have been a profession 45-goal scorer.”
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Henrik gained the Hart Trophy as league MVP and the Artwork Ross Trophy as its main scoring in 2009-10. He added 78 factors in 105 playoff video games that included the Canucks’ run to the 2011 Stanley Cup ultimate.
“You’ve gotten at all times been a relaxing affect in my life,” Daniel, who spoke earlier than Henrik, stated of his brother. “In my thoughts, you might be each a greater hockey participant than me [and] higher individual than me.
Daniel Sedin’s 393 objectives — a lot of them off a move from Henrik — high Vancouver’s all-time checklist, whereas he sits second behind his twin in assists (648), factors (1,041) and video games performed (1,306). He put up 71 factors in 102 playoff appearances.
“I wish to thank whoever it was that chosen me to talk first,” Daniel stated with amusing. “It jogs my memory of draft day.”
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The youthful Sedin, by an entire six minutes, gained the Ted Lindsay Award as league MVP voted by NHL Gamers’ Affiliation members in addition to the Artwork Ross in 2010-11.
He met fellow Swede and Corridor of Fame defenceman Borje Salming, who’s battling ALS, over the weekend in Toronto.
“The previous couple of days jogged my memory what’s hockey has at all times meant to me,” he stated. “It is about being there for others by means of all of the ups and, extra importantly, all of the downs.”
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Henrik Sedin, in the meantime, paid tribute to his brother’s drive.
“To know that somebody can be within the fitness center each morning ready for me on the times I felt like taking a day without work, that is what made me the participant I used to be,” he stated.
Luongo ‘needed it so unhealthy’
Luongo, who performed eight seasons with the Sedins in Vancouver, was drafted by the New York Islanders and retired with the Florida Panthers, however the goaltender’s days on the West Coast paved the way in which for his enshrinement.
Luongo stated when he acquired the information he can be inducted, the very first thing he requested was if the Sedins can be becoming a member of him.
“Wished it so unhealthy,” he stated. “Proud to say that I performed with you guys.”
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Luongo twice gained 40 video games with the Canucks and made no less than 70 appearances in 4 straight seasons.
A 3-time Vezina Trophy finalist because the league’s high netminder, the Montreal native completed second in 2007 Hart voting and gained two Olympic gold medals (2010, 2014).
“I’ve by no means been round anybody with the identical dedication and willingness to do something to get higher,” Henrik Sedin stated.
An unknown sixth-round choose when he arrived within the nation’s capital, Alfredsson gained the Calder Trophy in 1996 as NHL rookie of the 12 months.
Ottawa’s all-time chief in objectives, assists and factors, the 49-year-old captured Olympic gold in 2006 for Sweden alongside the Sedins and guided Ottawa to the 2007 Cup ultimate — a primary for a European captain.
‘Psychological well being points are a actuality of our sport’
Alfredsson paid tribute to former teammates, trainers and coaches, together with the late Bryan Murray, but in addition touched on a trigger near his coronary heart.
“The pressures of hockey for some can develop into insufferable,” he stated. “Psychological well being points are a actuality of our sport. We’re lengthy overdue to lastly erase the stigma.”
Sallinen, who wasn’t in attendance, performed 16 seasons together with her nationwide group, gained Olympic bronze 20 years aside (1998, 2018) and is the primary non-North American girl inducted into the corridor.
The 49-year-old added a silver on the 2019 world championships to go together with six third-place showings.
Carnegie will get late honour
Carnegie, who died in 2012 at age 92, has usually been talked about as essentially the most gifted Black participant to by no means attain the NHL.
Following an extended profession in senior leagues the place he confronted racism that stored him from reaching his final dream, Carnegie based Future Aces, one among Canada’s first hockey colleges, in 1955.
His work on the grassroots stage pushing for extra range led to his induction into Canada’s Sports activities Corridor of Fame in 2001 and the Ontario Sports activities Corridor of Fame in 2014.
“We’re accountable for making the game higher,” stated Bernice Carnegie, Herb’s daughter. “We’re accountable for ending sexism, gender bias, racism and homophobia. We’re accountable for making all areas of our lives extra accepting and inclusive.
“This was my father’s life work.”
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