There weren’t many twins to play in the NHL. Rich and Ron Sutter were the first to play together in the NHL, and they spent time together in the 1980s. Patrick and Peter Sundstrom spent some time together in New Jersey at the end of that decade, and Chris and Peter Ferraro did so in the ’90s.
But the most famous twin brother duo will always be Henrik and Daniel Seiden, two of the best players to have ever emerged from hockey legends in Sweden and Vancouver. They need no introduction: they still play hockey to this day in their home country.
And now, the nation is ready to launch its next twin hockey brigade to the NHL: defender Matthias and goalkeeper Hugo Havild.
The duo currently represent Sweden at the Hlinka-Gretzky Cup in Slovakia and the Czech Republic, and play together internationally just a few months after qualifying for the World Under-18 Championship team.
Oh, and the coach of Sweden? It’s their uncle, Magnus Havild.
Not only have the twins played together internationally on multiple occasions, but they have spent their entire career in competitive hockey for the Linkoping organization. also. They are inseparable, just like Sedin’s cars – although they were buddies, so it made sense. It’s a little more difficult to have a skater and a goalkeeper.
If the Havelid name sounds familiar, it’s because their father, Niklas, played nine seasons in the NHL with Anaheim, Atlanta and New Jersey and won gold with Sweden at the 2006 Winter Olympics. He also played four years with Linkoping in the Swedish top league and spent most of his time outside His coaching career with the team.
It’s definitely a strong hockey family by Swedish standards, and youngsters could both find themselves being drafted into the NHL in 2022. Jobs.
Matthias, who scored the game-winning goal against the United States on Tuesday, is exactly what teams are looking for in a modern defense. Always looking around to play with the disc, Mattias is a formidable skater with strong offensive instincts and can send lasers out of point. He’s creative when given space, he can run a power game, and while he’s not a big kid at 5ft 10, he’s still in pain with pushing the disc.
Hugo, also 5-foot-10, certainly doesn’t meet the usual standards for goal-guiding size and could hurt him at some points. But from a full skill point of view, he has a lot of things to suit him. His young career so far has been filled with big efforts, including a beautiful bouncing second half against the United States in Tuesday’s 5-3 final win. He made 30 saves in his only start to the U18 World Championships back in May – against Latvia, but it wasn’t an easy 30 block attempt by any means. From a style perspective, Hugo’s movements are smooth, he keeps his hand active and finds pucks through traffic well enough for a smaller goalkeeper.
As is usual in Sweden, potential clients often bounce around teams in different development leagues while sticking to a particular club all the time. So it’s great that they both have the opportunity to play in Linkoping together. As it stands, many Scouts consider Matthias the best prospect, but it’s rare to find a twin who represents their country in such an important way.
It’s too early to say how good either of these two guys really are, but it’s the start of what should be an exciting young campaign for Hävelid. Maybe they’ll have medals hanging around their necks in a few days, and maybe they’ll spend next summer chatting about how they were chosen by the same NHL team.
Either way, they have a bright future ahead.