The Sedins had a pretty eventful offseason. It started with a riot. Then, a week later, they flew to Las Vegas, where Daniel Sedin was awarded both the Ted Lindsay and Art Ross trophies. In Sweden, they did some serious inline skating. And in July, they flew to the Swedish island of Öland, where they were awarded the Victoriastipendiet — effectively, the Swedish athlete of the Year award. Daniel and Henrik were the first hockey players to win the award since Peter Forsberg in 1994, and only the third since the award debuted in 1979. Elite company.
While the Sedins were in Öland, the identical twins were asked by Östran, a local newspaper, to take part in a strange experiment: draw self-portraits, in order to see if those would be identical too. I can’t believe I only found this now, but here are the results:
If you still can’t tell the Sedins apart, that’s Henrik and his remarkably accurate drawing on the left, and that’s Daniel’s, uh, artistry, on the right. (I guess we shouldn’t be surprised that Henrik draws better; he’s a centre, after all.)
Upon seeing Daniel’s questionable handiwork, Ostran asked how he did in art class in school:
“What were my grades in Drawing? Probably a D,” says Daniel.
Daniel’s biggest problem may be his attention to detail. He’s a natural finisher, which might explain why he finished so fast. Though it might just have been because he forgot he had a beard.
Daniel says he’s pretty much done with his self-portrait. But it looks pretty naked.
“Shouldn’t there be a beard too?” I wonder.
“Right, we got beards too,” says Daniel and grabs the pen again.
Seriously, dude. How do you forget something you clearly maintain on a daily basis?
Meanwhile, Henrik was meticulous enough to get frustrated that the tools he was given didn’t allow him to pay enough attention to detail.
“You know, you could have brought a red pen too,” says Henrik while trying to draw his hair with a black pen.
Incredibly, Henrik was even paying close enough attention to learn a little something about himself:
“I look like an alien!” exclaims Henrik when he’s done the head shape and just started drawing the ears.
Yes. You do. And you’re the last one to notice.
The article closes by asking the reader which Sedin did the best self-portrait, but I think we can all agree that anybody thinking Daniel was the standout is about as checked out as he was. Of course, maybe if they’d let Daniel draw what he wanted to draw, he might have put a little more effort into it:
Many thanks to Peder Skude for the translations, and Sedintwins.tumblr.com for the tip.