VANCOUVER – Vancouver Canucks forward Daniel Sedin never envisioned playing 1,000 games in the NHL, let alone on the same team and with twin brother Henrik Sedin as a linemate.
It wasn't long after being picked second and third in the 1999 NHL Draft that the Sedin twins wondered if they would last more than a couple years. Their speed and strength were questioned and criticized their first few seasons, which Daniel said will make game 1,000 on Sunday night against the Chicago Blackhawks feel that much sweeter.
"Early on it was tough for sure," Daniel said, "But looking back both me and Henrik are happy we went through those tough times because it makes you enjoy things a little more now."
Henrik played his 1,000th game in March, while Daniel was out with a leg injury. They will be in the lineup together at Rogers Arena on Sunday, when Daniel joins Henrik and former teammate Trevor Linden, who is now the team president, as the only three to play 1,000 games for the Canucks.