Diligent work ethic and natural skill have propelled the 28 year old, Ornskoldsvik, Sweden native to the top ranks of the Canucks roster. Leading the team with 66 points (26-40-66) in 69 games this season, Daniel has already accumulated 446 points (174-272-446) over eight seasons with Vancouver. Drafted 2nd overall in 1999, Daniel and his identical twin Henrik recently became the highest scoring twins in NHL history, and continue to raise the bar.
Often confused with his twin, Daniel took a moment to let fans get to know a side of him away from the rink. Go offside with Daniel Sedin
. Tell us about your first NHL game.
It was Philadelphia, an away game. I don’t remember much, I mean no points or anything. So it was just exciting, my first NHL game, I was a little bit nervous. Editor's note: Drafted in 1999, Daniel moved to Vancouver the following year and played his first NHL game in Philadelphia on October 5, 2000. What’s the story behind your number?
I think Brian Burke picked the number actually. I was drafted number two and Hank was drafted number three, so #22 and #33.
Playing in Sweden I wore #12 and Henrik had #20. Who was your favourite player growing up?
Peter Forsberg and Markus Naslund. If you could bring back any former player who would you bring back and why?
I think Mario Lemieux. I liked the way he played, he was an unbelievable player. What is your memory as a spectator?
I think growing up watching Team Sweden, in the Olympics and the World Championships. That was always our goal to play on the national team. I think just watching that with my family, no particular tournament, but just overall, watching the national team. Editor's note: Daniel played on the Swedish National Team in three World Juniors Championships, and four World Championships, winning bronze medals in 1999 and 2001. He was also a member of Team Sweden when they captured gold in the 2006 Winter Olympics. If you were on the show American Idol, what song would you sing?
A country song. I don’t know, I can’t sing. What is the most memorable thing a coach has ever said to you?
Is it supposed to be something good? There have been a lot of coaches screaming at me so I don’t know.
Good, I think it was after the semi-finals in the Swedish Elite League, we won 6-4 or something. Henrik had five points and I had four points and the coach said something nice after that game. So that was probably the most memorable thing. If you were NHL commissioner for a day, what would you do?
That’s tough. I think I’d do a good job. I’m not a big fan of the three point games [overtime games distribute three points]. That’s probably one thing I would think about. What is your favourite thing about your hometown?
My family still lives there and we go back every summer. It’s nice in the summer time, it’s on the ocean and we’ve got a few good restaurants. It’s a good summer town. What is the one question you always get asked?
Who are you? Which one are you? If you could play hockey with one celebrity who would it be?