The other Swedish twins
The Swedish twins, the ones we all know and love, are treated like royalty in Vancouver.
The Swedish twins, the ones few of us know or have heard of, don’t even have stalls.
Pathrik and Ponthus Westerholm, two of the 37 prospects currently taking part in 2011 Canucks Summer Development Camp, don’t have stalls in Vancouver’s locker room because of the sheer numbers of players in town.
Instead they set up shop on a pair of metal folding chairs in the middle of the locker room to get ready for on-ice action; Pathrik on the right, Ponthus on the left.
One day they hope to not only have their own stalls, but to have the respect of the hockey world, similar to Daniel and Henrik Sedin.
The Westerholms are in fact twins, from Sweden, hence the comparisons to the Sedins, players they admittedly look up to.
Unlike the Sedins, at age 19 the Westerholms aren’t the cream of the crop, they’re works in progress and this week is for players just like them.
Truth be told, only three Canucks scouts, Thomas Gradin, Inge Hammarstrom and Lars Lindgren, have an extensive amount of experience with the brothers, so prospects camp gives people like Dave Gagner, director of players development, a first hand look at the potential twins of the future.
A glance of the brothers on the ice and it’s clear they are pure offensive players. A glance at their stats backs this up as both had at least 55 points for Malmo J20 in Sweden last season before Pathrik (Vancouver’s sixth round pick at the 2011 NHL Entry Draft) picked up 21 and Ponthus (here on a tryout basis) had 13 (7-6-13) with Malmo.
They dominated the opposition with an all too familiar twin telepathy, or dolphin sonar as Alex Burrows refers to it.
“They have that same kind of magic that Daniel and Henrik have together where they know where each other are all the time and they read everything well, they have great instincts for offence,” said Gagner, who noted that both players had big roles on their team last year and that bodes well for their development.
“They’ve both good players and they just need to continue to grow and grow stronger, but they have that offensive mindset.”
If they are the Sedin twins, which one is which?
When asked this, Ponthus shied away and Pathrik answered: “Maybe I’m Daniel.”
“I’m good at assists, I’m Henrik I guess,” replied Ponthus.
“We are offensive skilled players, we like to play and get goals,” continued Pathrik. “Score goals and get assists.”
The Westerholms, who have two older sisters, have been scoring goals and getting assists since they undertook hockey at age 4; they’ve played on the same team on the same line for the past 15 years forming a unique chemistry the Canucks are hoping will lead to Sedinary.
“They know what they can do, so we’ll see what happens over the next few days and over the next year or two,” said Gager.
“We’re excited about them.”