VANCOUVER – When Daniel Sedin hit 1,000 career points in the Vancouver Canucks’ 5-3 road win over the Nashville Predators on Thursday night, he and his twin Henrik became the first brothers in NHL history to both reach that mark.
For the milestone, Daniel scored the 3-3 tying goal on Predators goalie Pekka Rinne on the power play at 10:22 of the third period, putting a wrist shot that deflected off a stick through the five-hole.
“I wanted it to be a goal and in a big win, too,” said Daniel, who added two assists to finish the night at 1,001 points. “We got both, so I’m extremely proud of the group. To be a part of this group, too, it’s amazing.”
Daniel is the 87th player in NHL history to reach 1,000 points, but joining Henrik in the club makes it even more special for these two Swedish Canucks legends. Just consider the other great NHL brothers who didn’t both get there.
Henri Richard of the Montreal Canadiens racked up 1,046 points, but his older brother, Maurice “The Rocket” Richard, had 946. Peter Stastny recorded 1,246 points, but his older brother Marian had 294 and his younger brother Anton had 636. Wayne Gretzky and his younger brother Brent combined for a career total of 2,861 points – but of course, 2,857 of those belonged to “The Great One.”
Vancouver has previously embraced star forwards like Pavel Bure and Markus Naslund, and current up-and-comers like Bo Horvat and Brock Boeser are giving Canucks fans hope for the future after the club missed the playoffs in three of the four past seasons. Yet never again will this franchise see the like of the Sedins. In fact, that goes for the entire NHL and the world of international hockey as well.
“It gives you goose bumps down your whole body,” said Boeser of Daniel’s historic achievement. “I kind of had chills there. It was obviously a really special moment for him, and to be a part of it is obviously a great honour.”
With their distinctive style of cycling the puck and making seeing-eye feeds to each other, the Sedins have always been easy to pick out. Although historically Henrik was always the passer and Daniel the shooter, both of them have leaned more toward playmaking in recent seasons.
Daniel took longer to hit 1,000 points than Henrik simply because since he’s had more injuries. Notably, in 2011-12, the left wing missed 12 games due to a concussion after a vicious elbow from Chicago defenceman Duncan Keith. Daniel then struggled to regain his form until his 76-point campaign of 2014-15.
Today, the 37-year-old twins from Ornskoldsvik are in the final season of their identical four-year, $28-million deals. Under rookie Canucks coach Travis Green, they’ve seen their ice time cut back significantly.
While they’re still devoted to off-ice training, chipping in offensively, and sounding happy with the direction the Canucks are taking, it’s very possible this could be their final NHL season. The former MoDo stars, who debuted with Vancouver in 2000-01, have stated they won’t play for any other NHL club as rentals or otherwise. They’ve beloved in Vancouver for their involvement with charities like the BC Children’s Hospital as well as their on-ice excellence.
Henrik won the Art Ross Trophy as the NHL’s leading scorer with 110 points in 2009-10, and Daniel did it with 104 points in 2010-11 – the same season the Canucks marched to the Stanley Cup finals and lost heartbreakingly to the Boston Bruins in seven games. He is the second Canuck in team history to reach the 1,000-point mark, and the fifth Swede in NHL history. The three that preceded Henrik and Daniel were also their teammates on the 2006 Olympic gold medal team in Turin, Italy: Mats Sundin (1,349), Daniel Alfredsson (1,157), and Nicklas Lidstrom (1,142).
Internationally, Daniel also finished third in scoring at two consecutive World Juniors (1999, 2000), and while his medal collection includes an Olympic silver from Sochi (2014) and two World Championship bronzes (1999, 2001), winning the 2013 Worlds is arguably the IIHF accomplishment in which he should take most pride. He and Henrik put Tre Kronor over the top as late additions, securing their future as surefire IIHF Hall of Famers. Daniel got four points in six games and the Swedes broke the 27-year-old World Championship “home ice curse” as they captured gold in Stockholm.
The NHL won’t see its next 1,000-point man until 2018-19 at the very earliest. Another Swede is the next in line. Henrik Zetterberg, the captain of the Detroit Red Wings who joined the IIHF’s Triple Gold Club in 2008, currently has 919 points. He’s followed by Dallas’s Jason Spezza (871), Minnesota’s Eric Staal (867), and Pittsburgh’s Yevgeni Malkin (853).