Henrik and Daniel Sedin have been playing for the Canucks a long time.
Having appeared in 1248 and 1225 career games respectively, they’re the franchise leaders, well ahead of Trevor Linden who played 1140 games with the Canucks.
And with Shane Doan, Patrick Marleau, and Andrei Markov all leaving their respective teams this offseason, the twins are now the NHL’s longest active tenured players with one team.
After being drafted second and third overall back in 1999, the Sedins made their NHL debut in Philadelphia on October 5, 2000. The next night in Florida, Henrik became the first brother to get an assist, while Daniel was the first to score a goal, coming in their third game in Tampa Bay.
All-time, Henrik and Daniel rank 15th and 17th in the history of the league in terms of total games with one team.
|1||Gordie Howe||Detroit Red Wings||1687|
|2||Nicklas Lidstrom||Detroit Red Wings||1564|
|3||Alex Delvecchio||Detroit Red Wings||1549|
|4||Shane Doan||Arizona Coyotes||1540|
|5||Ray Bourque||Boston Bruins||1518|
|6||Steve Yzerman||Detroit Red Wings||1514|
|7||Patrick Marleau||San Jose Sharks||1493|
|8||Mike Modano||Dallas Stars||1459|
|9||John Bucyk||Boston Bruins||1436|
|10||Stan Mikita||Chicago Blackhawks||1394|
|11||Joe Sakic||Colorado Avalanche||1378|
|12||Ken Daneyko||New Jersey Devils||1283|
|13||Martin Brodeur||New Jersey Devils||1259|
|14||Henri Richard||Montreal Canadiens||1256|
|15||Henrik Sedin||Vancouver Canucks||1248|
|16||Patrik Elias||New Jersey Devils||1240|
|17||Daniel Sedin||Vancouver Canucks||1225|
|18||Jarome Iginla||Calgary Flames||1219|
|19||Larry Robinson||Montreal Canadiens||1202|
|20||Gilbert Perreault||Buffalo Sabres||1191|
They’ve got a ways to go before catching Gordie Howe though. Henrik trails Mr. Hockey by 439 games (or 5+ 82-game seasons).
The Sedins currently rank No. 9 and 10 among active players in career games played, well behind Jaromir Jagr, who is in first.
Of course, it remains to be seen just how much longer the Sedins will play.
The twins have just one year remaining on their matching $7 million per season contracts. Do they have at least another year in them? Much of that could depend on the way next season goes.