For the record, Daniel Sedin was drafted ahead of his slightly older, twin brother Henrik Sedin in 1999.
That’s because Vancouver Canucks general manager Brian Burke, after arranging all the required trades to obtain the second and third overall choices, announced that his NHL team was drafting “Daniel and Henrik Sedin.”
The symmetry since then has been magical. Through 18 seasons they stayed with the Canucks, playing over 1,000 games apiece and each recording more than 1,000 points. They were almost always on the same forward line, Henrik as centre, Daniel on a wing.
They got within one victory of a Stanley Cup before losing to the Boston Bruins in 2011. And they never failed to be available for interviews, for community appearances, to proudly and humbly represent their team.
Never have two players been identified so closely and — upon their announced retirement — praised so roundly by opponents, teammates, coaches, administrators, fans and media.
Are they Hall of Famers? Not only for their talent but also for their character. Yes, they are.