This weekend something very exciting happened for Vancouver Canucks fans - Henrik Sedin finished the season as league leading scorer. This is huge for him, a first ever for the team, and hopefully a big boost of confidence heading into the playoffs. Jordan and I were ecstatic last night as we watched him score 4 points to take the scoring lead. But on a night that was all about Henrik, his identical twin brother Daniel also had an amazing night. Daniel scored a hat trick to give Henrik three of his assists. Daniel, with this hat trick, also recorded his highest scoring season yet. A pretty phenomenal night for both of the brothers. I am not telling you about this to give stats on the Canucks however; this a reflective post on the relationship between twins.
Jordan and I, like probably all other hockey fans, have laughed at the Sedins in the past. In fact, I seem to recall referring to them as freaks in this very blog when I found out we were having identical twins. But since we have had our boys, we have found ourselves mildly obsessed with their brotherly relationship. On the ice, they have chemistry that cannot be matched by other players. They always know where the other brother is, able to make blind passes by seemingly sensing the other's presence. Last night even the commentators remarked that they must have ESP or some other twin connection that is completely unique to them.
What struck me most last night was when Henrik was getting interviewed after the game. They were asking him about his accomplishment in the scoring race and every time he spoke about himself, he said WE, clearly referring to both himself and Daniel. Not once did he refer to himself in the singular, it was always the team effort of the two of them. I have to admit that had this happened last season, I probably would have picked up on the "we" as well, and been shouting "SPEAK FOR YOURSELF FREAK!" at the tv. But last night, without a word of a lie, I stared at the tv with tears in my eyes thinking only "your mother must be SO proud".
So while Jordan and I joke and hope that one day the Trousdell brothers will be the next Sedins, I realize it is about much, much more than the athletic success those brothers have achieved. More importantly I look forward to watching a unique, supportive, and a little bit freaky relationship that is going to evolve between our boys.