Sedins become longest tenured active NHL players with one team

Jul 28 2017, 5:46 am

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.

Rank Player Franchise GP
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.

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