Henrik Sedin, the Vancouver Canucks Captain, gave an interview to Natalia Shmeleva, of Sport-Express, March 28, 2011:
What do you think are the differences in Canadian and European hockey styles?
I think they're getting closer. If you now look at the North American hockey, it has become very technical. Of course, the most technical players are still the Czechs and the Russians, but others have their strengths too.
Which Russian goalkeeper is the hardest to score?
Not easy on anybody. (After a long, typically Scandinavian pause.) But, perhaps I would single out Nabokov.
What was your impression of Ovechkin as a person with whom you have recently played at All-star game?
I didn't communicate with him much. And it was my brother Daniel who played for Ovechkin's team. But when you observe Ovechkin on and off the ice you can see how he can captivate people and lead them, how he enjoys life and loves hockey. He is a nice fellow.
What style do you like more, Malkin's, Ovechkin's or Kovalchuk's?
If you evaluate all the qualities, then I think Malkin is the strongest player. His style is good both defensively and offensively. But personally as a fan I prefer to watch Ovechkin. He is the best player in the league! And he shows a lot of skill on the ice (smiles).
And what about Datsyuk?
Well, he is a total monster! In puck possession he is probably the best. What he does with the puck I've never seen before I met him!
Henrik and Daniel are so identical that even Canucks can't tell them apart. The rumor is that Henrik used it on faceoffs. When he was sent off by referee, he would make a circle and come back as if he was Daniel. LOL