VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — A pair of Canucks legends are celebrating a big birthday.
Daniel and Henrik Sedin turned 40 Saturday.
Joining the Canucks when they were 20, the twins would spend almost half their life playing in Vancouver.
Happy 40th birthday Daniel and Henrik Sedin!
This year was a memorable one, with their jerseys retired and careers celebrated. pic.twitter.com/Ty3PM2Kz6j
— Vancouver #Canucks (@Canucks) September 26, 2020
But the Swedish duo wasn’t immediately embraced by the team’s rabid fanbase, according to James Cybulski with Sportsnet 650.
“It wasn’t love at first sight for this team, and for this market for that matter. There was name-calling, they started out as third-liners, they were brought in slowly,” he says.
“There were definitely some growing pains adjusting to a National Hockey League that didn’t really lend to their style of play.”
When the NHL rules changed in 2005 the Sedins began to shine.
“We really got to see just how incredible those two were and how in a lot of ways they changed the game — in terms of approaches, technique, style, passing and ‘Sedin-ery’ which has now become legend,” Cybulski says.
Although Cybulski says deciding the greatest Canucks of all time is subjective, his vote goes to the Sedins.
“When you look at what they delivered, what they did both on and off the ice: Can you tell me somebody better?”
Cybulski says the Sedins continue to have an impact on the team, two years after their retirement.
Current captain Bo Horvat and rookie standout Quinn Hughes both owe a debt to the pair.
“The bar that has been set about what it means to be a Vancouver Canuck now, and going forward,” he says.
“Class, respect, mindfulness and being aware of the responsibility in a market that is so passionate about the Vancouver Canucks.”