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‘Big honour’: Sedins, Luongo lead class of 2022 into Hockey Hall of Fame on Monday

'Big honour': Sedins, Luongo lead class of 2022 into Hockey Hall of Fame on Monday

Daniel Sedin has shared the spotlight with his brother ever since they stepped into the NHL.

With their playing careers over and one of the game’s biggest honours on the horizon, the younger sibling — by a whole six minutes — was front and centre minus his twin Friday as the celebration for the Hockey Hall of Fame’s class of 2022 got underway.

Henrik Sedin is recovering from a bout with COVID-19 and wasn’t in attendance but is expected to take part in the rest of the festivities ahead of Monday evening’s induction ceremony in Toronto.

“He wanted to make sure that he was 100 per cent,” Daniel Sedin said. “We’ll have a good three, four days together. We’re together most days.”

He then added with a grin of his brother’s brief absence: “Maybe it’s good, too.”

Daniel Sedin, Vancouver Canucks teammate Roberto Luongo, former Ottawa Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson and Bernice Carnegie, daughter of builder Herb Carnegie, received their Hall of Fame rings Friday.

WATCH | Daniel and Henrik Sedin’s jerseys raised to the rafters:

Daniel and Henrik Sedin have numbers retired in Vancouver

The Swedish superstars were honoured on Wednesday in an hour-long pregame ceremony.

Finnish women’s national team player Riikka Sallinen, who rounds out this year’s class, was also not in attendance.

The Sedin twins and Luongo were elected to the Hall in June in their first year of eligibility, while Alfredsson has waited since 2017.

“You never expect this to happen,” Daniel Sedin said. “And then you get the call.”

Daniel and Henrik Sedin each played for Vancouver for 17 seasons. Daniel Sedin’s 393 goals ranks No. 1 in franchise history. He sits second in assists (648), points (1,041) and games played (1,306) to go along with 71 points in 102 playoff appearances, including Vancouver’s run to the 2011 Stanley Cup final.

“It’s the ultimate proof as a hockey player that you’ve done something good,” the 42-year-old said of being inducted.

“A big honour.”

WATCH | 5 things about the Sedin twins:

5 things about the Sedin twins

With Henrik and Daniel Sedin announcing that the 2017-18 season will be their last in the NHL, Rob Pizzo (with a little help from…himself), looks at 5 Things about the Swedish twins.

Drafted third overall in 1999, one spot behind his younger brother, Henrik Sedin is the Canucks’ career leader in assists (830), points (1,070) and games played (1,330).

The centre won the Hart Trophy as NHL MVP and the Art Ross Trophy in 2009-10. He added 23 goals and 78 points in 105 playoff…

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