There have been a handful of twins play in the NHL, including Rich and Ron Sutter, Chris and Peter Ferraro and Patrik and Peter Sundstrom, but none made the entrance that Henrik and his brother Daniel did. Born September 26, 1980 in Ornskoldsvik, Sweden, the twins joined MoDo of the Swedish Elite League in 1997-98. The next season, Henrik and Daniel were co-winners of the Swedish Elite League's Most Valuable Player Award. The pair played a third season for MoDo in 1999-2000, and the Vancouver Canucks were so excited by the prospect of owning both Sedins that they traded draft positions to ensure that they could draft Daniel first (second overall choice) and Henrik second (third overall) in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft.
Along with his twin brother Daniel, Henrik is a three-time member of Sweden's World Junior Team and made his World Championship debut with Team Sweden at the 2000 World Championships. A playmaking center who combines excellent hockey sense and a physical game, Sedin has proven to be one of the more durable players on the Canuck roster, missing a mere ten games over the course of his first four seasons in the league, while establishing a career high 42 points (11-31-42) during the 2003-04 season.
Henrik established himself as one of the Canuck's top scorers throughout the 2005-06 season alongside Brother Daniel. His 57 assists led the team that year and he established a new career high in points (75), which he bested the following season. Henrik also continued to prove that he was one of the league's most durable players, through four seasons from 2003-04 to 2007-08, the Ornskoldsvik native missed only four games.
Aside from his World Junior experience, Sedin represented his homeland at the World Championship in 2005 and in 2006, was a member of the gold-medal winning Swedish Olympic team.
In the summer of 2009, Henrik and his brother Daniel became unrestricted free agents for the first time in their careers. Rumors swirled about where the twins would end up, but on July 1, 2009 the Canucks and Sedins were able to come to terms on a contract, locking the brothers up for another five years.
It wouldn't take long for Henrik to justify his new contract. In the first year of the deal (2009-10) he recorded a league high 112 points to capture the first Art Ross Trophy of his career. At the 2010 NHL Awards, Sedin was furthered honoured when he upset Sidney Crosby and Alexander Ovechkin to win the Hart Trophy as NHL MVP, the first time a Vancouver Canucks player had received the award.
In February 2010, Sedin was part of the Swedish team that participated in the Olympic Winter Games in his adopted home of Vancouver. Four years later, Sedin participated once again in Russia where he helped his team to a Silver Medal.
On January 20, 2017, Sedin became just the 85th player in NHL history record 1,000 career points. In doing so he became just the 38th player to record 1,000 points all with the same franchise and was the fourth Swedish-born player to reach the mark.