VANCOUVER - Daniel and Henrik Sedin grew up playing hockey outdoors in Sweden, but it wasn't always by choice.
While the nostalgia that surrounds playing on outdoor rinks for fun is often linked to Canada and certain pockets of the United States, it was also an everyday reality for all four Swedes on the Vancouver Canucks' roster. The Sedin twins, defenseman Alexander Edler and goalie Eddie Lack all played minor hockey outside.
"In our hometown we have a lot of indoor rinks too, but every school had an outdoor rink and your neighborhood had one too, so that's where you ended up after school," said Henrik Sedin, who grew up in Ornskoldsvik, more than 300 miles north of Stockholm. "You played outdoors after school and then you went home for dinner, and then you practiced with your teams, and for us that was outdoors as well.