With the title of team captain comes great responsibility.

Not only is Henrik Sedin expected to lead the Vancouver Canucks on the ice, but he is the face of the franchise off it, the primary representative of the team to the public — never an easy chore, especially in a Canadian market.

Other tasks include representing the players concerns to coaches and management, speaking with the referees, organizing the team's social functions, preventing cliques from forming and performing ceremonial on-ice functions such as accepting the Clarence Campbell Bowl after winning the Western Conference championship on Tuesday.

But with it also comes great rewards. Like the opportunity of being the first player to hoist the Stanley Cup over his head should the Canucks defeat their opponent from the East. It's regarded as one of the sport's highest honours and something only one other European player in NHL history can say they have done.

Nicklas Lidstrom was the first non-North American captain to win it all, achieving the feat in 2008 when the Detroit Red Wings defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins in six games.

"It doesn't really matter — at the same time I know it hasn't happened a lot," said Henrik, who replaced Roberto Luongo after the goalie relinquished the captaincy at the start of the season. "There's been a lot of European captains, but I don't buy into the fact that you can't have a European captain and win. I said before, we had a Swedish captain at Torino and we won it, so that's all I can say about that."

His observation about the men's hockey gold medallists at the 2006 Olympic Games was met by a chorus of laughter. His quick wit and dry sense of humour speaking volumes about the 30-year-old's leadership style.

Henrik isn't someone who scares his teammates into performing a la Mark Messier. Nor is he known for impassioned speeches like Phil Esposito. Rather, he's more of a cross between Joe Sakic and Steve Yzerman, a player who is going to guilt you into doing your best every day through his consistent work ethic, positive attitude and ability to stay calm under pressure.

"When Lui and told us his decision, Mike [Gillis] and I met and right away the obvious player to become the new captain was Henrik," said Canucks head coach Alain Vigneault. "We had a lot of real good strong leaders in that dressing room, but we thought it was his time and I think he really wanted that responsibility. He was the guy who could pull everyone together."