Though the rest of Canada has been slow to get behind the Canucks during their current playoff run, it’s hardly mattered, as their march towards the Stanley Cup has shone a light on how global Canuck nation has actually become. First, there was a Canuck flag waving proudly at the Royal Wedding. Then there was the surprise that the Canucks have pockets of fans in West Africa, most notably Ghana and Nigeria. Now comes the news that there’s even Canuck support in Austria, as Vienna-based freelance artist Peter Diamond presents The Twins. If you’ve ever thought of the Sedins as damnable warlocks that don’t bleed, but merely leak ichor, and mount the skulls of their victims on bare trees in a heinous forest, Diamond’s got you covered.

©2011 Peter Diamond

Diamond is a Canadian now settled in Austria, and, according to his bio, “working with Illustria, the burgeoning society of Austrian Illustration, trying to build better infrastructure, communication and awareness in the Austrian illustration community.” But he’s never lost his Canuck fandom. He explains this image on his blog:

Yes, it’s another hockey drawing. With the Stanley Cup playoffs ramping up and my Vancouver Canucks doing better than they have since I was 12, and in following Marshall Arisman‘s famous advice to ‘draw what you know’, I’ve been taking the time to put a little bit of my favorite game into some illustrations.

Henrik and Daniel Sedin, more fondly known as Hank and Dank, are twin brothers from Sweden playing on the same Vancouver line. They have developed a nearly-psychic kind of Jedi teamwork on the ice that only brothers with identical DNA could manage, and it has resulted in their unprecedented domination of the scoreboards in the NHL. Unfortunately, they were slumping early in this year’s playoffs.

While the Sedins’ performance at the time I drew this didn’t really justify their portrayal as headhunters amongst the skewered masks of the defeated goaltenders in their wake, I thought of it as positive visualisation. A little bit of illustrative voodoo if you will. As it happened, that night’s game wasn’t quite the Sedin goal-scoring explosion I had hoped for, but Henrik did score the goal that won the Canucks their series against Nashville.

To up the superstitious ante on this year’s playoffs, a member of the Canucks’ official messageboard CDC observed that [Game 4] – in which the brothers combined for 7 points – came the day after the Zodiac turned to Gemini, the sign of the Twins.

The Sedins themselves are in fact Libras, and I don’t really believe in such things anyway. But it does add yet another delightful bit of superstitious drama to a game already riddled with the stuff.  The strange little personal routines and superstitions of the players and fans are one of my favorite points in the sport, and I chose to make one of my own with this image.

Diamond’s image is equal parts creepy and awesome. I love it. Know what else is creepy and awesome? Henrik Sedin, who wears number 33, played 33:33 last night. That has to mean something.

If you like this image, make sure to check out the rest of Peter Diamond’s stuff here. And thanks to Peter for sending this image our way — do things like this more often, please.

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5 comments

  1. g_bassi13
    May 25, 2011

    This needs to be enlarged and put on a poster on my wall. Brilliant stuff.

    Looking through his gallery, I’m really liking his style. Loving this one in particular http://www.peterdiamond.ca/image_files/img_handmedown.jpg

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  2. Anonymous
    May 25, 2011

    Awesome!

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  3. chloe
    May 25, 2011

    That… is too cool. Great find!

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  4. Dane
    May 25, 2011

    Canucks also have substantial support here in Australia! I know I’ll be chucking a sickie on days where Vancouver may be able to clinch the cup! And while I may not be able to create something as wonderful as the above picture, I present to you, the Darwin Ice Hockey Club. World Champions. Maybe the Canucks could challenge them one day?

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  5. Philip
    May 25, 2011

    Canuck-fan in Beijing here :D

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