Henrik Sedin on Mike Smith "He's extremely big, and good at playing the puck. He also dives a lot."

Thomas Drance
May 15 2013 08:26AM


Henrik Sedin (top left) is probably thinking "don't you dare so much as breathe on Mike Smith, Zack."
(Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

On Thursday morning (Pacific Time) team Sweden, who are being led by the Sedin twins, will face team Canada in the quarter final of the consolation prize tournament known as the World Championships. Team Canada is led by Steven Stamkos and Claude GIroux, but their team also features Canucks defenceman Dan Hamhuis as well as former Mike Gillis client and jerkpuck all-star team starting goaltender Mike Smith. The Canucks and Mike Smith, of course, had their moments (several moments actually) this past hockey season.

Henrik and Daniel debuted for the Tre Kronor on Tuesday against Denmark. After the game, in giving a rather colourful scouting report of team Canada to the Swedish press, Henrik Sedin really went out of his way to describe Mike Smith as a "diver." Read past the jump.

To begin with, Henrik and Daniel played in their first World Championship game for Team Sweden in over a decade yesterday against the Danish national team (which includes Canucks prospect Nicklas Jensen). Each Sedin registered a goal and an assist and you can watch those highlights below, as narrated by Don Taylor:

Passing the puck through a defenceman's legs seems way easier when that defenceman isn't coached by Larry Robinson, eh?

With team Canada personnel in the stands watching Team Sweden beat up on the Danes, Henrik said that his line (which features his brother and Loui Eriksson) "didn't show everything." Continued Henrik: "[Team Canada] is good at scouting and preparation... They've seen us play a lot of hockey and they have one of our teammates (Dan Hamhuis) so they know what we do." [Expressen via GoogleTranslate]

On the topic of Mike Smith, Henrik Sedin was spitting fire. He gaves these quotes in Swedish, but Uffe Bodin, who is the managing editor of HockeySverige was kind enough to give me a proper translation:

"Smith is a fucking big goalie, extremely big and good at playing the puck. He also dives a lot. You can't barely touch him, then he will fall" 

"He's the goalie in the NHL that draws more penalties than anyone else. I believe it was twelve penalties that the other team took. He goes out, holds on to the puck and then holds on, holds on. When you challenge him or barely touch him, he falls. Tht's something we've got to be careful with. I'm going to tell the ref to keep an eye on him."

Those are some fighting words, and that's pretty much amazing. The most surprising thing about Henrik's comments? That he managed to say something that might endear him to Blackhawks fans. A stunning development, really.

Mike Smith certainly has earned his reputation as a diver over the years, though we'd be remiss if we didn't note that Henrik Sedin has a similar rep. To be honest, I've always thought that Henrik's diving reputation was mostly unfair. While the Canucks certainly made a game plan of drawing penalties for a few seasons when their power-play was lights out, the fact remains that few players take more regular abuse than the Sedin twins do. That's what happens when you always have the puck down low in the opponent's end.

Even if Hank Sedin's diving reputation is based more on his foreignness than his actual actions on the ice, as I suspect it is, it's still a thing. Not that it makes his comments about Mike Smith's diving any less accurate or hilarious.

Sticktap to Jonatan Lindquist.

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Thomas Drance lives in Toronto, eats spicy food and writes about hockey. He is an NHL News Editor at theScore, the ex-managing editor of CanucksArmy.com and an opinionated blowhard to boot. You can follow him on twitter @thomasdrance.
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#1 pstumba
May 15 2013, 08:33AM
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i would say his rep as a diver is more based off of this... http://cdn2.sbnation.com/imported_assets/706175/sedin.gif.pagespeed.ce.ee70rfmfgi.gif

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#3 Aaron
May 15 2013, 10:46AM
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@pstumba Everyone dives at some point. But you have to admit that was a pretty smooth one from Henrik right there. No Head snap, no arms in the air, just a nice crumple.

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#4 Red Wings
May 15 2013, 10:46AM
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@Thomas Drance

This is something I keep hearing Canucks and Bruins fans say so they can sleep at night.

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#6 Mantastic
May 15 2013, 12:01PM
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@Thomas Drance

but not bothered by the hypocrisy of players?

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#7 Brent
May 15 2013, 12:03PM
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Henrik said the f-word to swedish media! Wow. This after his comment on the bull"crap" penalty to his brother. What going on?

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#8 Unknown Comic
May 15 2013, 01:22PM
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The only difference between a squirrel and a rat is public relations.

It's fun to see the opposition and those with agendas refuse to address what is said and instead play the "I know you are but what am I" game.

Haven't yet heard anyone say Couture or Smith aren't divers. Instead it's all diversion talk...

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#9 Oilers21
May 15 2013, 01:46PM
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I have to say I don't think the Sedins necessarily dive all that much; that's a Kesler and LaPierre thing. They just don't initiate contact, like, at all. I think that's one of the reasons that terrible penalty got called on Henrik against SJ; the refs figured that if Henrik knocked someone down he must have done something illegal or dirty

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#10 bagpuck
May 15 2013, 03:50PM
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well if anyone knows about falling down too easily it's got to be Sedin.

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#11 Cale
May 15 2013, 03:55PM
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Alright, good on ya Hank, but I'm getting antsy checking CA everyday to see if AV's been fired yet. Every new post that isn't about a coaching change is just a tease. =/

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#12 Jonathan Happy
May 15 2013, 05:17PM
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Thomas Drance wrote:

@Red Wings as if Tomas Holmstrom and Johan Franzen aren't masters of it. I'm legitimately unbothered by diving (if your team's nails on the PP - it's in your interest) I am bothered by the hypocrisy that surrounds the way fans talk/point the finger on it.

Yea, let's make hockey like soccer, with grown men dropping like ragdolls everytime they get touched!!

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#13 Lemming
May 15 2013, 05:43PM
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I have seen the Sedins take inordinate amounts of punishment over the years, and I can tell you these two are probably among the toughest and best conditioned players in the league. It's almost ridiculous how they take so many big hits and just get up and skate away. It's only when a player does something like ignore the puck and jump elbow-first into one of their faces that they get a concussion.

Seriously, how the Sedins have a crap reputation is beyond me.

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#14 JI123
May 15 2013, 07:11PM
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Hank is developing into quite the bad***, with this and the comments about the BS call on his bro.

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#15 Lemming
May 15 2013, 08:39PM
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Remember when he gave Brown a face-full of arm when he was on his knees in last year's playoffs too? I like this new Hank

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#16 sedank
May 15 2013, 09:58PM
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@Lemming

I remember Sedin giving Marhcand's fist a faceful of his face. I think the Sedins think the C stand for coward.

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#17 Kips
May 15 2013, 09:59PM
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"f-ing" and "damn" are interchangeable.

Calling Smith a "f-ing great" goaltender is the same as calling him a "damn good" goaltender. You see athletes use that phrase a lot even over here in North America.

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#18 Wolvie72
May 17 2013, 01:28AM
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"You sure are black, kettle", said the pot.

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