|Born||September 26, 1980
|6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
183 lb (83 kg; 13 st 1 lb)
|NHL team||Vancouver Canucks|
|NHL Draft||2nd overall, 1999
|Playing career||1997 – present|
Daniel Sedin (born September 26, 1980) is a Swedish professional ice hockey winger with the Vancouver Canucks of the National Hockey League (NHL). His identical twin brother Henrik also plays for the Canucks, with whom Daniel has played inseparably throughout his career. Together they are known for the effective way in which they play off of one another; Daniel, normally finishing plays between the brothers, is known as the scorer, and Henrik, the playmaker.
Daniel began his career in the Swedish Elitserien with Modo Hockey, winning the Golden Puck as Swedish player of the year in 1999 as a co-recipient with Henrik. Selected second overall by the Canucks in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft, Daniel has spent his entire NHL career in Vancouver and has led the team in scoring twice, in 2006–07 and 2008–09.
Daniel was born on September 26, 1980, in Örnsköldsvik, Sweden, six minutes after his identical twin brother, Henrik Sedin. In addition to Henrik, he also has two older brothers, Stefan and Peter. His father, Tommy, is a school vice principal and also played for Modo Hockey in the 1960s, while his mother, Tora, is a nurse. Daniel began playing organized hockey with Henrik at eight-years-old. They did not regularly play on the same line together until Daniel switched from centre to the wing at 14. Daniel and Henrik both attended high school at Nolaskolan Gymnasium in Sweden while playing professionally for Modo Hockey.
Daniel began his professional career with Henrik in 1997–98 for Modo of the Swedish Elitserien as a 16-year-old. In their second year with Modo, Daniel led a team that included future NHLers Samuel Påhlsson and František Kaberle in scoring with 42 points in 50 games; Henrik finished tied for second. Daniel and Henrik were then named co-recipients of the Golden Puck as Swedish players of the year.
As a result of their successful 1998–99 season in Sweden, the Sedins were considered top prospects for the 1999 NHL Entry Draft with expectations for each of them to go in the top five. In September 1998, the Sedins agent, Mike Barnett, president of international talent agency IMG, had formally presented them with two options to circumvent the usual NHL draft process in order to play on the same NHL team together. The first option was to enter the 1999 draft and not sign with their respective NHL clubs within two years to become unrestricted free agents. However, their prospective eligibility as unrestricted free agents required playing junior in North America following their draft, which was not their intention. Alternatively, Barnett suggested that either Henrik or Daniel opt-out of the 1999 draft and hope that the same team can selected both players by that route. In regards to the likelihood of the Sedin twins being drafted by separate teams, Vancouver Canucks scout Thomas Gradin commented "They're good enough to play with anyone, but separately their capacity might decrease by 10 or 15 percent." Nevertheless, Henrik and Daniel both entered the 1999 draft with the expectation of being selected separately. However, through a series of transactions, Vancouver Canucks general manager Brian Burke obtained the second and third overall picks in order to select Daniel and Henrik, respectively. Gradin notified them five minutes before the draft of the Canucks intentions.
Although Daniel and Henrik were immediately signed about a month later to three-year contracts on July 27, 1999, they chose to return to Sweden to play one more season with Modo. Daniel subsequently finished second in team scoring with 45 points in 50 games, two points behind Henrik.
In 2000–01, Daniel played his first season for the Canucks, tallying 20 goals (tied for second among rookies) and 34 points. Following 32- and 31-point outputs in his second and third NHL campaigns, Daniel was re-signed, along with Henrik to a one-year, $1.125 million contract on July 29, 2003. Daniel responded with an improved 54 points in 2003–04. That season, on February 24, 2004, Sedin scored his first career hat-trick with a four-goal effort, scoring all the Canucks goals in a 4-2 win over the Detroit Red Wings. As a result, the Canucks re-signed him to another one-year contract on September 10, 2004.
During the lockout season, Daniel returned to Sweden to play again for Modo, along with Henrik and teammate Markus Näslund. When NHL play resumed in 2005–06, Daniel emerged with 71 points. Daniel and Henrik were joined that season on their line by newly acquired winger Anson Carter, who led the team in goal-scoring. The trio scored at an equal pace to the Canucks' top line of Markus Näslund, Brendan Morrison and Todd Bertuzzi. That off-season, Daniel and Henrik re-signed with the Canucks to identical three-year, $10.75 million contracts on June 30, 2006.
Daniel built on his breakout campaign in 2006–07 and established himself as the Canucks' top scorer. He paced the team with a career-high 36 goals and 84 points to earn the Cyrus H. McLean Trophy. In game one of the Canucks' first round match-up against the Dallas Stars, Daniel assisted on Henrik's quadruple-overtime winner, ending the longest-ever Canucks playoff game and the sixth longest in NHL history. Daniel finished the playoffs, however, with a disappointing five points in 12 games and the Canucks were eliminated by eventual Stanley Cup champions, the Anaheim Ducks in the second round.
He continued his scoring pace the following season with 74 points in 2007–08. Late in the 2008–09 season, Daniel was named the NHL's second star of the week on March 30, 2009, after recording four goals and four assists in four games, including a game winning goal. He finished the season with 31 goals and 82 points, including a career-high 51 assists, tying Henrik for the team lead in points. Daniel and Henrik also tied for the team lead in post-season scoring with identical 10-point playoffs as the Canucks were eliminated in the second round by the Chicago Blackhawks.
Set to become unrestricted free agents on July 1, 2009, Daniel and Henrik began negotiating with the Canucks in the off-season, initially asking for reported 12-year, $63 million contracts in mid-July. With free agency looming, Canucks general manager Mike Gillis travelled to Sweden to visit Daniel and Henrik, where they agreed on identical five-year, $30.5 million contracts on July 1.
Early in the 2009–10 season, Daniel suffered the first major injury of his career. In a game against the Montreal Canadiens on October 7, 2009, he suffered a broken foot after taking a slapshot from teammate Alex Edler. Although Daniel finished the game and recorded three assists, X-rays several days later revealed a fracture. He was sidelined for 18 games, returning to the ice on November 22 against the Chicago Blackhawks. Soon after his return, he notched his third career NHL hat trick in a 4–2 win against the Atlanta Trashers on December 10.
Daniel has a wife, Marinette, a daughter, Ronja, born in 2005, and a son, Erik, born February 3, 2008. He lives in Vancouver during the NHL season and goes back to Sweden every summer. In March 2010, Daniel and Marinette made a joint $1.5 million donation with Henrik Sedin and his wife Johnanna to BC Children's Hospital. The donation contributed to the medical facility's $200-million project to build a new hospital; the two families requested that it be specifically put towards a pediatric intensive-care unit and a diagnostic imaging area.
|Competitor for Sweden|
|Men's ice hockey|
|European Junior Championships|
Daniel competed for Sweden at the 1998 European Junior Championships. The final game of the tournament required Sweden to beat Russia by four goals in order to surpass Finland in goal differential and win the gold medal. Henrik recorded a goal and two assists against Russia as Sweden won 5–1. In his NHL draft year, Daniel competed for Sweden at the 1999 World Junior Championships in Winnipeg. He recorded 10 points in six games, tied for second in tournament scoring with Daniel Tkaczuk of Canada and behind Brian Gionta of the United States. Sweden failed to medal, losing the bronze medal game to Slovakia. Later that year, Daniel made his debut for the Swedish men's team at the 1999 World Championships, where he earned a bronze medal.
The next year, in 2000, Daniel once again competed in both the World Junior Championships and World Championships. Playing as tournament host at the junior tournament, Daniel scored a second-consecutive 10 points – third in tournament-scoring behind Henrik and Milan Kraft of the Czech Republic. Sweden failed to earn a medal once more, losing in the quarterfinal to the United States. At the World Championships, Daniel improved to five points, but did not medal.
Following his rookie season with the Vancouver Canucks, Daniel made his third World Championships appearance in 2001 and helped Sweden to a second bronze medal in three years. He made a fourth tournament appearance in the 2005 World Championships, recording nine points in nine games – tied for fourth in tournament-scoring – as Sweden finished in fourth place.
The following year, Daniel was selected to play in his first Winter Olympics at the 2006 Games in Turin. He contributed four points as Sweden won a gold medal, defeating Finland in an all-Scandinavian final. Four years later, he competed in the 2010 Winter Olympics in his NHL hometown Vancouver. Sweden failed to medal, however, losing in the quarterfinal to Slovakia.
|Junior int'l totals||13||11||9||20||2|
|Senior int'l totals||36||9||12||21||14|
|Golden Puck (with Henrik Sedin)
|Vancouver Canucks first round picks