We’ve never seen two players like Henrik and Daniel Sedin, and we may never again.
For 17 seasons, the Sedins captured the imagination of hockey fans in Vancouver with their unique style of play. The moves they pulled off had some people seriously wondering if there was some type of telepathic connection between the identical twin brothers.
You can understand why.
Having played their entire lives together, no two players in NHL history have had a better sense of what their linemate was thinking than the Sedins. ‘Sedinery,’ is what Canucks fans eventually called it.
Here are three ‘Sedin-plays’ they either invented, popularized, or perfected.
Hockey’s been around more than 100 years, so it’s not often that players invent a new play.
But the Sedins did.
The ‘slap pass’ wasn’t in anyone’s repertoire until the Henrik and Daniel started doing it. Used primarily on the power play, the slap pass regularly confused goalies and not just because they hadn’t seen it before.
Goaltenders would not only have to move from side to side in their crease, but they’d have only a split second to react to where the puck would be redirected.
It was such an effective tactic that other teams started incorporating it into their own power plays, with announcers regularly referring to it as the ‘Sedin slap pass.’
Henrik and Daniel must be great billiards players, because they know how to play the angle.
The long bank pass was another play the Sedins did it better than anyone.
A Sedin sneak-attack, the long bank involved icing the puck on purpose, with the receiving player winning the race to the puck before the opposing defenceman to negate the whistle. Genius.
The Sedins didn’t invent the cycle, but they certainly perfected it.
Nobody cycled as much, or as effectively as them. Patiently playing keep-away, protecting the puck in the corners, making accurate passes in tight spaces… This was their calling card.
It often resulted in a goal by them, or one of their teammates going to the net.
Sit back and watch this classic clip from the 2011 Western Conference Final, and enjoy: