Henrik and Daniel Sedin are identical twins that were born in Örnsköldsvik, Sweden, 6 minutes apart from each other. They began playing hockey at the age of 8 and by the time they were 16 they were playing professionally with Modo of the Swedish Elite League. In 1999 during their time with Modo, they were co-recipients of the Golden Puck as Swedish player of the year.
Selected second and third overall by the Vancouver Canucks in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft, the Sedins moved to the NHL in the 2000–01 season. They spent their entire 17 year NHL careers in Vancouver, with Henrik finishing as the Canucks all-time leader in points and games played, and Daniel as the all-time leader in goals and second all-time in points. Over the years Henrik accumulated three Cyrus H. McLean Trophies as the team’s leading point-scorer and one Cyclone Taylor Award as the team’s most valuable player. In 2009–10, 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. He was also named to the NHL First All-Star Team that year and again in 2010–11, a season that included an appearance in the Stanley Cup Finals, where Vancouver lost to the Boston Bruins in seven games. In 2011, Daniel won the Art Ross Trophy as the League’s leading point-scorer and the Ted Lindsay Award as the best player in the League, as voted by fellow players. Daniel was also nominated for the Hart Memorial Trophy as the League’s most valuable player. In Sweden, both Henrik and Daniel were awarded the Victoria Scholarship as the country’s athletes of the year.
Internationally, the Sedins are two-time Olympians and helped Sweden to a gold medal at the 2006 Winter Games in Turin. In five appearances at the IIHF World Championships, they have won bronze medals in 1999 and 2001 and clinched the world title in 2013. At the junior level, they appeared in one World U17 Hockey Challenge (where they won silver), two European Junior and three World Junior Championships.
The Sedins were renowned for their effectiveness as a tandem. During their careers, Henrik was known as the skilled passer (150+ more career NHL assists than Daniel), tallying 240 goals and 830 assists in 1,330 NHL games. Daniel was known as the goal-scorer (150+ more career NHL goals than Henrik), tallying 393 goals and 648 assists in 1,306 games played.
On April 2nd, 2018, Daniel and Henrik announced that they would be retiring at the end of the 2018 season. On April 5th, 2018, the Sedins played their final game in Rogers Arena where Daniel recorded 2 goals including the game winner, both of which Henrik assisted on, to defeat the Arizona Coyotes in overtime. They played their final game on April 7th, in a 3–2 shootout loss to the Edmonton Oilers. The Sedins retired at the end of the 2017–18 season after 17 seasons and over 1,300 regular season games each with the Vancouver Canucks.