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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Daniel Sedin Interview - 2011 NHL Awards

Last month we caught up with Art Ross and Ted Lindsay winner Daniel Sedin at the 2011 NHL Awards to discuss the playoffs, pregame soccer and fellow redheaded Vancouver Canucks. These are his stories.

Q: Is it difficult to enjoy the Awards given the outcome of the Finals?

A: I think you have to. This was a good night for us as an organization and as a team. We know we're going to have a good team next year and for a lot of years going forward. So we should be proud and just get back to work. The season is coming up pretty soon.

Q: Tell me about the pregame hallway soccer warmup tradition. Was that part of the team culture when you arrived?

A: It was brought in, I think, three years after we came into the league.

Q: Did you start it?
A: No, it was our coach Marc Crawford. I think we were struggling as a team for a bit and he said let’s change things up. So he brought a soccer ball to the rink to start things off and since then it’s been a tradition.

Q: Were the Canucks the first team to do it?
A: I don’t know, I think so. Probably one of the first to do it.

Q: Is the game two-touch with the last man standing declared the winner?
A: Yeah.

Q: How many flatscreen TV’s and lights have been broken playing the game?
A: A lot, yeah. It gets expensive.

Q: Let’s talk about all the redheads on the Canucks. Obviously there's you and Henrik, Schneider and Torres. Do you accept Jannik Hansen as a redhead?
A: Hansen, no way.

Q: Really?
A: Not even close.

Q: What about Victor Oreskovich?
A: Yeah, he’s up there. Bolduc is for sure a redhead. Yeah, we have a few. I think that’s what makes us a good team.

Q: Do you have private meetings to discuss your redhead superpowers?
A: Yeah, all that. Absolutely. We go for redheaded dinners.

Many thanks to Daniel for speaking with us. Best of luck next season.