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Canucks prank Troy Stecher, match him with Sedins

Vancouver twins had April Fool's joke at defenseman's expense @NHLdotcom

Troy Stecher didn't even think about what day it was when he was put on the Vancouver Canucks top line at practice Saturday.

The Canucks defenseman just joined Henrik and Daniel Sedin on their top line at practice, and it wasn't until a post-practice interview with the Canucks website that Stecher realized he was on the short end of an April Fool's Day prank.

Tweet from @Canucks: When @troystecher arrived at practice Saturday, he had been moved to forward. With the Sedins. Stech forgot it's #aprilfoolsday...

"I felt a little lost," Stecher said. "But it was a good practice today. I can adjust to the speed; maybe work a bit harder in practice."

The Canucks have been using defenseman Alex Biega as a fourth-line forward recently, which is why Stecher may have felt the position switch was real.

"I guess playing forward is pretty tough compared to playing D-man," Daniel Sedin said. "You know what day it is today, right? April Fool's Day, so get back to playing 'D' eh?"

Then the lightbulb turned on for the 22-year-old defenseman.

"I didn't even think of that," Stecher said in disbelief.

The Sedins may have schooled Stecher, but they also may have awakened a sleeping giant.

Tweet from @Canucks: .@troystecher "I totally forgot what day it is. When they told me, I felt so dumb. Got me. They started a war, I'll give Burr a call for tips!" - Stecher

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