If an alien landed on earth and took an interest in pro hockey, it is likely that after some quick observation, he would conclude that the Vancouver Canucks' Daniel and Henrik Sedin are pretty special players.
In addition to being the most successful identical twins in NHL history, they've wracked up a pretty impressive collection of achievements so far in their careers:
- 1997-98—co-recipients of "Golden Puck" Swedish player of the year award with Modo in their rookie pro season
- 1999 NHL draft—chosen second and third overall
- 2006—Olympic Gold Medal with Sweden
- 2010 Hart Trophy for Henrik—most valuable player as voted by the Professional Hockey Writers' Association
- 2010 Art Ross Trophy for Henrik—NHL leading scorer
- 2011 Ted Lindsay Award for Daniel—most valuable player as voted by the players
- 2011 Art Ross Trophy for Daniel—NHL leading scorer
- 2011—reached Game 7 of Stanley Cup Finals
- three All Star Game appearances for Henrik, two for Daniel
Despite all their accolades, the Sedins are still criticized in many circles. Early in their careers, they were nicknamed the "Sedin Sisters" due to their tendency to get easily knocked off the puck. As recently as 2010, Chicago's Dave Bolland incited a furor when he perpetuated the old myth.
Maybe it's their mild-mannered personalities. Maybe it is the Howdy Doody identical-twin thing. Or maybe it's the fact that they play on the west coast and don't get seen enough out east in prime time. Whatever the reason, in the prime of their careers the Sedins are still underrated. Here are five reasons why they deserve more respect.
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