Ever since Henrik Sedin was named Captain of the Vancouver Canucks, we’ve referred to him as Captain Hook. This isn’t because Henrik is a one-handed pirate who fights children and has a fear of crocodiles, but because he has a strong penchant for taking hooking penalties.
Turns out he has a stronger penchant for hooking penalties than even I thought. Henrik currently leads the entire NHL in hooking minors with 11.
That’s just short of half of his total minor penalties, 23. As an illustration of how much he loves hooking penalties, he doesn’t have more than 2 of any other minor penalty. Just like when they were born, Daniel is not far behind him with 9 hooking minors, which places him in third place in the NHL. The Hook Brothers have combined for 20 hooking minors this season, which accounts for a large portion of the Canucks’ 51 total, which is the third most in the NHL.
Last season, Christian Ehrhoff led the Canucks and the league in hooking minors with 10. In his absence, Henrik has stepped up to fill the void, as he had just 8 hooking minors last season. The last season that Henrik had 11 hooking minors was back in 2008-09, when the league leader, Stephane Robidas, had a whopping 19. That’s yet another indicator that hooking penalties are on the decline in the NHL, even as they increase for Henrik Sedin, who may set a career-high if he gets one more hooking minor in the regular season.
As for other Canucks near the league lead in minor penalties, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the ornery Alex Burrows makes an appearance. He’s currently tied for second in the league with 8 slashing minors and tied for fourth with 12 roughing minors. Alex Edler and Kevin Bieksa represent the defencemen, as they are second in the league with 6 holding minors and third in the league with 5 high-sticking minors, respectively.
When it comes to major penalties and misconducts, the only Canuck near the league lead is Maxim Lapierre, who is tied for third in the NHL in 10-minute misconducts with 5. That counts for a third of the team’s total misconducts, as the Canucks are tied for second in the league with 15. At one time, the Canucks were near the league lead in fighting majors, but that has tapered off in a big way. The team is now 11th in the NHL with 37. Dale Weise leads the team with 8 fights, which is tied for 26th most in the NHL.
While the Canucks are second and third in holding and hooking minors, the only category in which they lead the league is goalie interference minors, as they are tied with the Ottawa Senators with 14. That could, perhaps, be viewed as a positive, as it indicates their willingness to get to the front of the net.Tags: Captain Hook, Henrik Sedin, penalties, Statistics