On 33rd birthday, Sedins receive Internet’s highest honour: the front page of Wikipedia

Two Canucks share a birthday today. Can you guess which ones? Here’s a hint: one of them is Daniel Sedin. Another hint: the other is not Jannik Hansen.

The Sedins turn 33 today, which seems as good a time as any to reflect on the incredible careers they’ve had. Over 12 NHL seasons, they’ve reaped a great many accolades: back-to-back Art Ross Trophies, a Ted Lindsay Award (for Daniel), a Hart trophy (for Henrik), the Canucks’ franchise scoring lead, gold in the 2006 Winter Olympics and the 2013 World Championships, and even the 2011 Victoriastipendiet, given to the Swedish athlete of the year.

But nothing compared to the accolade they received Thursday: front page of Wikipedia.

That’s how you know you’ve made it. One time, I wrote my own Wikipedia entry, and when I went back a day later, there was a note that said “This post has been tagged for speedy deletion due to relevance”. Just having a Wikipedia article is a sign you’ve made a name for yourself. But front page? Well damn, son, the world is yours. Here’s a screengrab, to preserve this incredible moment for posterity.

What an incredible honour. Right up there with the first truly classic episode of “The X-Files”, which also recently celebrated a milestone. When you’re being considered on the same level as the third episode of one of TV’s greatest dramas, you’ve had one Hell of a career.

The Wikipedia front-paging likely overshadows the NHL’s big gift to the Sedins: Thursday night’s preseason game, a reunion with beloved coach Alain Vigneault, whose New York Rangers were scheduled to make their first visit to Vancouver on Daniel and Henrik’s birthday. Coincidence? I think not.

s/t to Erik Warrior.

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5 comments

  1. Svend
    September 26, 2013

    So vy vasnt zi artikle in Svedish?

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    • simon
      September 27, 2013

      * Så varför var inte den här artikeln på svenska?

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  2. Lenny
    September 26, 2013

    Take THAT other NHL players!

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  3. Pinner
    September 27, 2013

    Search “Sedin” on Wikipedia and prepare to be amazed: there are five results; 3 people, 2 of whom you are well aware, the third an American who played on the 1952 silver medal winning Olympic hockey team; and two twin villages, “Sedin 1″ and “Sedin 2″, in Iran.

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  4. akidd
    September 27, 2013

    relevance? that’s cold. good for you for trying though.

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