Daniel Sedin, as any Canuck fan can tell you, is one of the three finalists for the most coveted individual awards in the NHL.
The Hart Trophy, which will be presented today at the league's annual award ceremony, is given to the player judged to be the most valuable to his team and its past winners include the game's true immortals. It is the trophy of Gretzky, of Lemieux, of Orr, of Howe and this is not lost on Sedin, who also won the Art Ross as the NHL's leading scorer this season.
"I'm honoured to be here," he said at Tuesday's media availability in Vegas. "There are two other guys [Anaheim's Corey Perry and Tampa Marty St. Louis] who are pretty good players too."
But the Hart isn't the only hardware Sedin is up for today. He and his twin brother — and what does it say about the Sedins that they're listed as an entry— are up for something called the NHL Foundation Player of the Year Award.
Now, the Foundation Award is not one of the most coveted trophies in the NHL. Truth be told, it's only been presented for the last 12 years and if this was the Oscars, it would be one of those awards they announced before the ceremony.
But it's a funny thing. When asked which trophy means more, Daniel answered, "Obviously, it's the Foundation Award."
And if you think he was playing to the cameras, then you haven't been paying attention for the last decade.
"Our first year [with the Canucks], we learned that's what you're going to do," said the 30-year-old Swede of his record for public work. "It's a given."
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