They hold every significant scoring record in Vancouver Canucks franchise history. Now, after 17 seasons in Canucks uniforms, Daniel and Henrik Sedin have their numbers hanging in the rafters at Rogers Arena.
Wednesday’s retirement of Daniel’s No. 22 and Henrik’s No. 33 was the focal point of the Canucks’ year-long 50th-season celebration, and the highlight through three games of Sedin Week festivities.
The high level of respect commanded by the Sedin twins was made clear by the collection of VIPs on hand for the ceremony. Special guests included Canucks owners Francesco and Paolo Aquilini, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and deputy commissioner Bill Daly, as well as the Sedins’ parents, older brothers, wives and children to go along with past and present general managers and former teammates.
The sold-out crowd at Rogers Arena rose to its feet for the first time for the introduction of Trevor Linden, the one-time team captain who returned as team president in 2014 and parted ways with the team in 2018. The cheers continued for Markus Naslund, whose number also hangs in the rafters, and the representatives of the Presidents’ Trophy-winning seasons in 2011 and 2012, particularly Kevin Bieksa, Ryan Kesler and Roberto Luongo.
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To the strains of U2’s “Where the Streets Have No Name,” the Canucks’ introductory song from those peak years, Daniel and Henrik waved to the cheering crowd as they walked to centre ice to along a carpet flanked by some of the awards they collected over the years — the Art Ross Trophy that Henrik won in 2009-10 and passed along to Daniel one year later, the King Clancy Trophy that Henrik captured in 2016 and the twins shared in 2018, the Hart Trophy that Henrik won in 2010, the Ted Lindsay Award (formerly the Lester B. Pearson Trophy) that Daniel took home in 2011, and the pair of gold medals that the twins won with Sweden at the 2006 Winter Olympics.
Bieksa started the proceedings with a tribute that poked fun and was also heartfelt, emphasizing the impression the twins left with their accountability, work ethic, and their kindness.
“We love you guys,” he concluded. “There’s no one more deserving of this honour.”
“When I was asked to speak on their behalf, regardless of how you feel about it, you say yes, because it’s just an honour to be a part of this night,” Bieksa said after the ceremony. “I’d do anything for Danny and Hank.”
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“They’re such good people,” added Ryan Kesler. “Honestly, the two nicest people in hockey. I can’t say a bad thing about them, and they taught me so much, just by watching them. Just the way they were and how charitable they were off the ice. For them to ask me to come here, I didn’t even think twice.”
Remain involved in the community
The twins’ efforts in the community are well-documented, including a $ 1.5 million donation in 2010 to help build a new B.C. Childrens’ Hospital. On Wednesday, it was announced that their Sedin Family Foundation was partnering with the Canucks for Kids Fund on a new legacy project that would be responsive to the community’s needs on an annual basis.
When Henrik took the microphone, he walked the audience through the twins’ 17-season NHL journey, starting from when they thought they’d be going to separate teams at the 1999 draft in Boston before Brian Burke swung a monumental trade to bring them both to Vancouver.
With the current Canucks watching from their bench, Henrik paid tribute to the coaches and mentors that helped shape their games. Daniel stepped in to thank ownership, teammates and support staff, then the brothers took turns paying tribute to their families before thanking the fans.
“To the people of British Columbia, we came here in 1999 and it felt like home from Day 1,” summed up Henrik. “We want to thank you. To play in front of you has truly been an honour.
“To the best fans in this league, we will now join you in cheering for this team when they go for the Stanley Cup.”
After that, it was time to raise the banners. With family and friends surrounding them, the Sedins watched their numbers ascend to the rafters in Rogers Arena, next to Markus Naslund’s No. 19, Pavel Bure’s No. 10, Trevor Linden’s No. 16 and Stan Smyl’s No. 12.
Democratic Rep. Jeff Van Drew, a freshman member of the House from New Jersey who was planning to break with his party and vote against impeaching President Donald Trump, will become a Republican, a party official said Saturday.
Van Drew has told top House Republicans about his decision, according to a Republican official familiar with the conversations. The lawmaker also discussed switching parties in a meeting with Trump at the White House on Friday, an administration official said Saturday.
Van Drew’s decision underscores the pressures facing moderate Democrats from Trump-leaning districts as next week’s impeachment vote approaches. Van Drew won his southern New Jersey district by eight percentage points last year, but Trump carried it by five points in 2016 and Van Drew was considered one of the more vulnerable House Democrats going into next November’s congressional elections.
There are 31 House Democrats who represent districts Trump carried in the 2016 election, and many of them have been nervous about the political repercussions they would face by voting to impeach Trump. The House Republican campaign committee has already run ads targeting many of them, but most are expected to support Trump’s impeachment.
A senior Democratic aide said Van Drew had not notified House Democratic leaders about his decision. All the aides spoke on condition of anonymity to describe private conversations.
The senior Democratic aide provided what was described as a poll conducted earlier this month by Van Drew’s campaign showing that by more than a 2-1 margin, people in his district would prefer a different candidate than Van Drew in the Democratic primary and general election.
Rumours surfaced last week that Van Drew might switch parties, and he repeatedly denied them to reporters. But he reaffirmed his plan to oppose impeachment, barring new evidence.
“It doesn’t mean that I agree with everything the president may have said or done. It means that I don’t believe that these are impeachable offences,” he said in an interview Thursday.
Van Drew and a spokesperson did not answer their cellphones or return text messages on Saturday.
Democrat-controlled House set to impeach Trump
Even with his defection, there remains no doubt that the Democratic-controlled House will vote to impeach Trump on a near party-line vote.
Democrats will still control the chamber by 232-198, plus an independent and four vacancies. Until now, Van Drew and Rep. Collin Peterson of Minnesota were the only Democrats expected to vote against impeachment, with perhaps a small handful of others joining them. House Republicans seem on track to oppose impeachment unanimously.
Van Drew was a longtime state senator. His congressional district had been under Republican control for nearly two decades before he was elected.
The House is set to approve two articles of impeachment against Trump this coming week. Democrats, who hold the majority, expect support from all but a few of their members. No Republicans are expected to join them.
The Republican-controlled Senate is then all but certain to acquit Trump after a trial in January.
Van Drew has argued that the process is likely just to further divide the country and it would be better to let voters decide Trump’s fate in next year’s election.
In the first article of impeachment, Trump is accused of abusing his presidential power by asking Ukraine to investigate his 2020 rival Joe Biden while holding military aid as leverage. In the second article, he’s accused of obstructing Congress by blocking the House’s efforts to investigate his actions.
Six people, including a police officer and three bystanders, were killed in a furious gunbattle Tuesday that filled the streets of Jersey City with the sound of heavy gunfire for hours, authorities said.
The dead included two suspects, Jersey City Police Chief Michael Kelly said.
The shooting took place at two scenes, starting at a cemetery, where the officer was gunned down, and continuing at a kosher supermarket, where five more bodies were found, Kelly said.
“Our officers were under fire for hours,” the chief said.
He would not say exactly what set off the shooting but that he believes the officer who was killed was trying to stop some “bad guys.”
City Public Safety Director James Shea said that authorities believe the violence was not an act of terrorism, but that it was still under investigation.
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Two other officers were wounded but were later released from the hospital, authorities said.
The bullets started flying early in the afternoon in the city of about 270,000 people, situated across the Hudson River from the Statue of Liberty.
The shooting spread fear through the neighbourhood, and the nearby Sacred Heart School was put on lockdown as a precaution.
SWAT teams, state police and federal agents converged on the scene, and police blocked off the area, which, in addition to the school and supermarket, includes a hair salon and other shops.
Dozens of bystanders pressed against the police barrier to film the action on cellphones, some whooping when gunfire bursts filled the air.
Video shot by residents recorded loud volleys of gunfire reverberating along one of the city’s main streets and showed a long line of law enforcement officers pointing guns as they advanced, yelling to bystanders, “Clear the street! Get out of the way!”
“It’s like firecrackers going off,” said Andy Patel, who works at a liquor store about three blocks away. “They were shooting like crazy … The cops were clearing everyone off the streets.”
Jack Hughes was selected first overall by the New Jersey Devils in the NHL draft on Friday night.
The flashy centre put up a record 154 assists and 228 points over two seasons with the under-18 U.S. National Team Development Program.
The Devils had the third-best odds of winning the draft lottery back in April, but jumped two spots for the right to draft Hughes.
“Obviously going first overall was a dream of mine,” Hughes said. “But the Devils are a great organization, a great team, lots of good players, a pretty rich history, too. It’s a spot that really wanted me, I knew that from the get go.
“I’m just excited to play with the organization now.”
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The 18-year-old joins a team that already boasts fellow former No. 1 picks Taylor Hall and Nico Hischier up front. New Jersey made the playoffs for the first time in five seasons in 2017-18, but is coming off a last-place finish in the Metropolitan Division at 31-41-10.
Hughes said he didn’t really feel nervous until just before his name was called.
“I’m a pretty calm kid. The only time I really got nervous was when Gary (Bettman) was talking up there for two minutes or so. That’s the only time I got nervous,” he said. “It’s been a hectic day.”
The New York Rangers then stepped up to the podium to snag Finnish winger Kaapo Kakko with the second selection. Kakko, also 18, scored 22 goals — a record for a draft-eligible prospect — and added 16 assists in his country’s top division in 2018-19.
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Dylan Cozens was selected seventh overall by the Buffalo Sabres, making him the first Yukon product to be picked in the opening round. The six-foot-three centre from Whitehorse spent the last two full seasons playing for the Lethbridge Hurricanes of the Western Hockey League.
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Hughes was born in Orlando, Fla., but spent his formative years in the Toronto area when his father, Jim, worked for the Maple Leafs.
The younger Hughes, who registered 112 points in 50 games with the USNTDP in 2018-19, is the eighth American-born player to go No. 1 and the first since Toronto took Auston Matthews in 2016.
He’s also just the second USNTDP player to be drafted No. 1 directly out of the program after the St. Louis Blues took defenceman Erik Johnson first overall in 2006.
The five-foot-10, 170-pound playmaker is the younger brother of Vancouver Canucks defenceman Quinn Hughes, who was selected seventh last June in Dallas.
The 228 points Hughes scored over his two seasons with the USNTDP smashed Clayton Keller’s previous mark of 189 (71 goals, 118 assists).
Kakko, meanwhile, heads to the Big Apple with quite a resume. He’s already won three gold medals internationally, including the 2019 world junior hockey championship in Vancouver and the recent men’s worlds in Slovakia.
The six-foot-two, 194-pound Turku native’s 22 goals this past season was one better than the 21 that Aleksander Barkov scored in 2012-13 before he was picked second overall by the Florida Panthers.
Kakko, who is said to model his game after Matthews, buried the winning goal for Finland at the world juniors before scoring six times to lead his country at the men’s worlds last month.
His selection at No. 2 marks the fourth time in the last four years a Finn has gone in the top three, following on the heels of Patrik Laine (second to Winnipeg in 2016), Miro Heiskanen (third to Dallas in 2017) and Jesperi Kotkaniemi (third to Montreal in 2018).
Kirby Dach was the first Canadian off the draft board at Rogers Arena, with Chicago taking the centre at No. 3. The 18 year old from Fort Saskatchewan, Alta., had 25 goals and 48 assists with the Western Hockey League’s Saskatoon Blades last season.
Avalanche take D Byram with pick Senators traded
Next up was Colorado, which picked Bowen Byram fourth. The six-foot, 193-pound defenceman had 26 goals, 45 assists and a plus-33 rating for the WHL’s Vancouver Giants last season.
The selection originally belonged to Ottawa, but was acquired by the Avalanche as part of the blockbuster Matt Duchene trade with the Senators back in November 2017.
Colorado also had the best odds to win the 2017 draft lottery, but again fell to fourth when New Jersey jumped to the front of the line and drafted Hischier. Byram The Avalanche did get defenceman Cale Makar that year, who made his debut in this spring’s playoffs and figures to be a difference-maker moving forward.
Friday marked a record fourth straight year a Canadian didn’t go No. 1 in the draft, which continues with rounds two through seven on Saturday
Oilers select D Broberg
The Edmonton Oilers took defenceman Philip Broberg with the eighth pick. The selection was the first player move made by newly-hired general manager Ken Holland. Broberg played last season with AIK in Sweden, scoring twice and adding seven assists.
The 17-year-old was named the best defenceman at the U18 world championship.
Canucks grab RW Podkolzin
The Vancouver Canucks picked Russian forward Vasily Podkolzin 10th overall.
The 17-year-old played part of last season for St. Petersburg of the KHL and was the No. 2 European skater on the NHL Central Scouting prospect list. Podkolzin, six-foot-one 196 pounds, captained Russia at the under-18 world championships. He had one goal and four points in seven games to help his country win silver.
Emma Stone was ready to “Shake It Off!”
The Battle of the Sexes star reunited with her old pal, Taylor Swift, at the singer’s concert at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey on Friday night. Stone, who has been friends with Swift since before her Easy A days, was spotted by fans as she hung out with a few other famous friends of Swift’s: Gigi Hadid and Jack Antonoff.
The crew clearly had a good time, as a Swiftie caught Hadid skipping out of their section. The 23-year-old model also praised her friend on her Instagram Story, sharing a video of her performance of “Delicate.”
Interestingly enough, Stone will soon share the screen with Swift’s boyfriend, Joe Alwyn, as the two play love interests in the period piece, The Favourite. The film, set to hit theaters in November, stars Stone as a servant character, who uses her relationship with Alwyn to advance her social status.
The actress likely knew about Swift’s relationship with Alwyn long before her fans, as the GRAMMY winner revealed in a 2012 interview with Harper’s Bazaar that her talks with Stone often revolved around their love lives (and curiously not upcoming projects).
“We never talk about fashion, about career, about our ambitions or our projects,” Swift said. “We just talk about relationships, feelings, love, and boys.”
Stone was rumored to be dating Saturday Night Live writer Dave McCary last fall. See more in the video below.
New Jersey filed a lawsuit Tuesday against the company that manufactures OxyContin, claiming a “direct link” between the state’s opioid crisis and the firm’s deceptive marketing practices.
State Attorney General Christopher Porrino says the five-count lawsuit against Connecticut-based Purdue Pharma and two of its entities seeks undisclosed monetary damages for fraud and false claims.
Purdue Pharma issued a statement saying it “vigorously denies” the allegations. The company said it’s deeply troubled by the opioid crisis and is dedicated to being part of the solution.
“As a company grounded in science, we must balance patient access to FDA-approved medicines, while working collaboratively to solve this public health challenge,” it said.
The state claims Purdue exploited vulnerable new markets, including the elderly and the “opioid-naïve,” to boost profits. It claims Purdue aggressively marketed opioids and duped doctors and the public into believing they should be the primary treatment option for chronic conditions — like arthritis and migraines — despite the lack of any studies examining treatment periods longer than 12 weeks.
“When we point the finger of blame for the deadly epidemic that has killed thousands in New Jersey, Purdue is in the bull’s-eye of the target,” Porrino said. “Today, my office took the first step toward holding them legally and financially responsible for their deception.”
The suit includes three counts alleging violations of the state’s Consumer Fraud Act and one count alleging violations of its False Claims Act. It also includes a charge of creating a public nuisance.
More than two dozen states, cities and counties in the U.S. have sued pharmaceutical companies, including Purdue, in connection with opioid marketing and distribution.
Canadian lawsuit settled earlier this year
In Canada, Purdue Pharma agreed to pay $ 20 million to settle a class-action lawsuit earlier this year. Like the New Jersey case, the Canadian lawsuit involved allegations about how OxyContin was marketed. However, a spokesperson for Purdue said the settlement made “no admissions of liability.”
New Jersey’s Republican Gov. Chris Christie has made addiction services a priority in his final year in office. He also chairs President Donald Trump’s commission on opioids.
Trump last week declared opioid abuse a national public health emergency and announced new steps to combat what he described as the worst drug crisis in U.S. history.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that, in 2015, drug overdoses killed more than 52,000 Americans. Most involved prescription opioids such as OxyContin or Vicodin or related illicit drugs such as heroin and fentanyl. People with addictions often switch between the drugs.