Training camps are back, but we at Last Word on Hockey are still going to look back at each date’s historical significance to the game. We’ll remember the moments that shaped the sport of hockey that happened on this day. Here’s our look at this date in hockey history for July 28th, featuring Henrik Sedin and Daniel Sedin.
Today in Hockey History
Henrik Sedin, Daniel Sedin Sign With Canucks
1999: The Vancouver Canucks sign the Swedish twins to their first professional contract. Both Sedins are highly regarded prospects and want to play together. General manager Brian Burke manages to make a bunch of trades to allow the Canucks to select the duo. Daniel is taken second overall while Henrik is picked third.
They spend their entire 18-year career together and retire after the 2017-18 season. Henrik wins the Art Ross and Hart Trophies in the 2009-10 while Daniel takes the Art Ross in 2010-11. Both earn a King Clancy Trophy for leadership and humanitarian contributions in their community.
Other Notable Events
1997: Mark Messier signs a three-year contract with the Canucks after six seasons with the New York Rangers. Messier’s time in the Pacific Northwest isn’t the greatest as he gets 22 goals and 60 points in his first season. Injuries limit Messier to only 59 and 66 games in his last two seasons. Vancouver misses the post-season all three years and Messier returns to New York for the 2000-01 season.
1998: Scott Young signs a deal with the Blues after a season with the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim. Young scores 40 goals in the 2000-01 season and plays with the Blues until the end of the 2001-02 season.
Happy Birthday to You
1933: Charlie Hodge
1957: Jim Korn
1969: Garth Snow
1973: Steve Staios
1977: Aki Berg
1984: Zach Parise
1986: Lauri Korpikoski
1987: Alex Stalock
1993: Evan Rodrigues