Player of the Week - Henrik Sedin
With six points in the past two games, Henrik has turned it on when the Canucks have needed him the most.
Henrik Sedin, the man known for setting goals up for his teammates, has helped delivered an even bigger prize to the city and fans of Vancouver; a berth in the Stanley Cup Finals. The Canucks captain played exceptional recently against San Jose, which followed a few days away from the ice to recuperate from Vancouver’s second round series win over the Nashville Predators. Henrik emerged in the Western Conference Final after getting some slack in the media about his play and immediately showed that he was going to be a key factor in getting the Canucks to their first Stanley Cup Final in 17 years. With six points in the past two games, Henrik has turned it on when the Canucks have needed him the most. His ability to control the puck, and the pace of play, is something that cannot be taught and has been a valuable resource to the Canucks when things have intensified during the playoffs. With his brother Daniel and Alexandre Burrows on his wings, Henrik has been like a general, conducting the flow of the game and distributing the puck to his teammates in goal scoring areas near the opponent’s net. He has also contributed some highlight reel plays, including a sweet 2-on-1 feed to Burrows in Game 4 that was replayed many times, much to the dismay of Sharks fans. With Henrik at the top of his game and the Canucks in the Stanley Cup Final, the Swedish star will have one more opportunity to conduct and control a series, which could ultimately lead to him being handed the biggest prize in all of professional hockey, the Stanley Cup.
- Henrik has been quite impressive recently, recording six points in the past two games as part of his own six-game scoring streak, leading the Canucks over the San Jose Sharks in five games in the Western Conference Final
- He has recorded 21 points in 18 playoff games so far this spring for the Canucks, tops among all scorers in the league
- Became the first Vancouver captain to lead the Canucks to the Stanley Cup Final since Trevor Linden in 1994
- Born in Ornskoldsvik, Sweden on September 26, 1980
- Drafted in the 1st round, 3rd overall by the Vancouver Canucks in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft
- Has teamed up with his twin brother Daniel to form one of the most unique and dynamic combos ever to play professional hockey
- Named the 2009-10 Hart Trophy recipient as the NHL’s Most Valuable Player; he also won the Art Ross Trophy last season and earned a finalist nod for the Ted Lindsay Award
- Has represented Sweden internationally on numerous occasions, including the 2006 Turin Olympics, where he was a member of the Swedish gold medal winning team