Turns out that the small town of Örnsköldsvik, Sweden is a fertile breeding ground for stickhandlers.
Former Hart winner Peter Forsberg hails from this small coastal town of 28 000 that hosts the popular Modo Hockey club. Both Forsberg and another Hart candidate and Canuck, Markus Naslund, played their rookie year for Modo. And our very own Sedin twins were born here and played their eye-opening rookie season for Modo; they were drafted the next year.
Hopefully we can repeat the Örnsköldsvik magic at this year's awards!