HENRIK NUMBER ONE, BY ONE
After recording three assists Wednesday night in a 4-1 victory over the Anaheim Ducks, Henrik Sedin once again leads the league in points.
Henrik now has 99 (28-71-99), one more than Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin (45-53-98). Hank’s 28 goals this season is a new career high. He is one assist away from beating his 2006-2007 record of 71.
Last season Henrik finished 15th on the point scale with 82 points (22-60-82). With this season’s success, he is on route to beating Pavel Bure’s record of 110 points he recorded in 1992-1993. There have been two other Canucks to reach 100 points in a season other than Bure, Markus Naslund and Alex Mogilny. One more point and Henrik becomes the fourth player in Canuck history to reach 100.
Henrik still leads the league in assists with 71, six ahead of San Jose’s Joe Thornton. Hank is also third for plus-minus with an impressive +35 rating. In fact, four of the top ten players in this category are Canucks. Daniel Sedin is fourth at +34, Alex Burrows is seventh at +32, and Christian Ehrhoff is ninth at +26.
Henrik has made Canuck franchise history this season when he passed Trevor Linden’s 415 career assists with the Canucks, and has a good shot at being the first Hart Memorial Trophy winner and the first Art Ross Trophy winner in franchise history.
Previous winners of the Hart Memorial Trophy and this season’s competition is Ovechkin (two-time winner) and Sydney Crosby. Ovechkin’s 45 goals are 34.3 percent of the Capital’s goals this season, while Crosby accounts for 39.3 percent of the Penguins’ goals. Henrik surpasses both of them with 40.3 percent of the Canucks’ 236 goals.
DESBIENS MANITOBA’S MAN OF THE YEAR
The Manitoba Moose of the AHL announced today that veteran forward Guillaume Desbiens has been named the team’s winter of the American Specialty/AHL Man of the Year award for his involvement in the Manitoba community this season.
Desbiens has played almost two seasons in the Moose appearing in 59 games so far this season registering 30 points (16-14-30), and is fourth on the team in scoring. Overall Desbiens has played 137 career games with the Moose recording 77 points (37-40-77).
Desbiens has participated and shown interest in his community. A few examples are when he attended the Ecole Provencher in February for the “Respond to Reading” program with Red River College and read to French Immersion classes which emphasized how important reading is. He also visited the Rehabilitation Centre for Children back in December where young children with disabilities were living. Desbiens became friends with a family whose daughter was suffering from Cerebral Palsy and could not communicate.
Desbiens will be presented with a crystal trophy during a pre-game presentation before the upcoming Moose match. Desbiens is now one of the 29 finalists for the AHL’s 2009-2010 Yanik Dupre Memorial Award, which will be announced in a few weeks.
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HORDI’S FIGHT CLUB
Canuck fans cheered on forward Darcy Hordichuk Wednesday night when he took on Ducks forward George Parros twice.
The 6’1”, 211 pound Kamsack, Saskatchewan native has had 13 fights this season, the third most on the Canucks, and 20th in the league. Leading the Canucks is Rick Rypien (15) and Tanner Glass (14). Vancouver is seventh in the league for fights with 57 this season.
Three of Hordi’s fights this season have been with Parros, who stands at 6’5” and 222 pounds. Parros leads the Ducks in fights with 18, and is tenth in the league. Eight of the ten players Hordi has squared off with this year have been physically bigger, but he knows his role on the team and embraces it.
Hordichuk made a blog entry in January of last year on his personal website darcyhordichuk.com reflecting his role as a fighter.
"Obviously, you know that I get into a lot of fights but that’s my role and I love it but like most things, I had to earn respect doing what I do," Hordichuk wrote.
Hordichuk leads the Canucks in penalty minutes with 123 and has been in 104 NHL regular season fights.
"I grew up fighting since I was 13 years old so my parents are used to it although my mom sometimes jokes with me and says ‘Try to score some more goals’. That’s good advice too – I’ve already got more than my last two seasons so she should be happy. It’s like anything else, the first couple fights in juniors or in the NHL, my parents get worried but they understand I can handle myself out there. They’re just excited that I’m in the lineup and playing."
Hordichuk vs Parros