The Sedin brothers are exceptional for many reasons, identical twins with loads of talent, a great work ethic and durability. And you can add this to their list of accomplishments: they are the first Swedes to make the all-time NHL family-scoring top 20.
It's not the top ten, that may take another 3 or 4 years to reach, but it is a milestone. They did it in a marquee match-up against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Feb. 18, 2012. Coming into the game with 1,430 points, 724 for Henrik and 706 for Daniel, they were 5 points behind the brother combination of Bryan and Rocky Trottier, who have 1,435 points (Bryan out-totaled his brother 1,425 to 10).
Daniel and Henrik set up Sami Salo
After experiencing a mini-slump in their recent outings, the Sedins were due for a few points and they didn't disappoint the home fans. After each drew an assist earlier in the game, Henrik set up Daniel for a goal to make it 4-1 for the Canucks at 11:14 of the second and suddenly they were just a point behind the Trottiers.
Fittingly the two then combined on a vintage Sedin play, a no-look pass and a backwards pass, to set up Sami Salo for a one-timer, who blasted it past Jonas Gustavsson, who'd just come in to replace James Reimer. Those two assists gave the Sedins 1,436 points and 20th place in NHL all-time family scoring. The two went on to get another point each and two more each the following night in Edmonton and now sit at 1,442 points.
Only the second non-North Americans to make the top 20, their next family-point scoring task is to catch cousins Jeff Beukeboom and Joe Nieuwendyk and their late-uncle, Ed Kea,who sit in 19th place all-time with 1,460 points collectively. To make the top ten Daniel and Henrik need to catch brothers Pierre and Sylvain Turgeon, who have a collective total of 1,822 points.
Sedins, Stastnys and Sutters
The top twenty family scoring list in the NHL, with the addition of the Sedins, now has five active players adding to their family totals. Paul Stastny with the Colorado Avalanche is adding to the point totals of his family that includes his Dad Peter, uncles Anton and Marion, and brother Yan, who now plays in Europe. The Stastnys are the only other non-North Americans on the list and they sit in fifth place all-time with 2,543 points, and counting.
The other active players adding to their family's totals are cousins Brandon and Brett Sutter, both of the Carolina Hurricanes (Brett is currently in the AHL but has been up with the big club this season). The Sutters, including the six brothers who played, Brent (Brandon's dad), Brian, Darryl (Brett's dad), Duane, Rich and Ron, have a total of 3,037 points, good for second all-time in family scoring.
Top 20 NHL family scoring list
Families have been a part of the NHL since it's first season in 1917-18 when brothers Corbett and Cy Denneny played on the Toronto Arenas and Ottawa Senators respectively (Cy won a scoring title one year with just 23 points, the lowest winning total ever). The next year brothers Odie and Sprague Cleghorn joined the NHL and families have just kept coming ever since.
The Sedins are not likely to make the top five, only one family with just two members has: Brent and Wayne Gretzky. Here the point disparity is greater than the Trottiers, with Wayne outscoring Brent 2,857 points to 4. Naturally, without his brother's 4 points (in 13 games with Tampa), Wayne would not be on the list. The Gretzky's are third all-time.
There are two American families in the top 20, brothers Brian and Joe Mullen in 14th and Aaron, Neal and Paul Broten in 18th. The father and son team of dad Ray and son Chris Bourque are in 16th while dad Bobby and son Brett Hull combine with Bobby's brother Dennis Hull, to lead all families with 3,215 points.
Here is the top twenty NHL family scoring list:
1) 3,215 Bobby, Dennis and Brett Hull
2) 3,037 Brandon, Brent, Brett, Brian, Darryl, Duane, Rich and Ron Sutter
3) 2,861 Brent and Wayne Gretzky
4) 2,630 Gordie, Mark, Marty and Vic Howe
5) 2,543 Anton, Marian, Paul, Peter and Yan Stastny
6) 2,011 Henry and Maurice Richard
7) 1,911 Gilbert and Marcel Dionne
8) 1,893 Joby, Mark and Mitch Messier
9) 1,876 Frank and Peter Mahovlich
10) 1,822 Pierre and Sylvain Turgeon
11) 1,811 Ron Francis and Mike Liut
12) 1,795 Alain and Mario Lemieux
13) 1,727 Dale, Dave and Mark Hunter
14) 1,685 Brian and Joe Mullen
15) 1,615 Phil and Tony Esposito
16) 1,583 Chris and Ray Bourque
17) 1,543 Russ and Geoff Courtnall
18) 1,539 Aaron, Neal and Paul Broten
19) 1,460 Ed Kea, Jeff Beukeboom and Joe Nieuwendyk
20) 1,442 Daniel and Henrik Sedin