Ironman Takes a Knee
“O Captain! My Captain! our fearful trip is done.”
Who ever said Swedes weren’t tough enough to play the North American game, never met the Vancouver Canucks captain, Henrik Sedin.
Henrik currently holds the sixth longest ironman streak record in NHL history. At 679 games, it is the longest ever recorded by a Canuck and the second longest of currently active NHL players, behind Jay Bouwmeester, who has recorded 683 games.
Unfortunately, the streak will come to an end on Tuesday night, when the Vancouver Canucks take on the Edmonton Oilers. Canucks assistant coach Mike Sullivan confirmed on Monday that Sedin will not play in the January 21st tilt. His injuries are considered day-to-day. Henriks gear was not added to the clubs tally when they departed for Edmonton.
The exact detail of Henrik’s injuries have not been revealed, but is believed the captain suffered bruising to his ribs following a hit in Phoenix last week. It is also rumoured that Henrik has been playing with not one, but two broken fingers.
What was that about Swede toughness…?
The Canucks are hopeful that their captain will be back for Thursday’s game against the Nashville Predators.
Factoid: Trevor Linden’s streak for the Canucks ended at 482, on December 1, 1996. Brendan Morrison, who ended his run with 542 consecutive games played, succeeded his streak.