Sedin brothers expected to join Canucks front office soon, GM says

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VANCOUVER — Daniel Sedin and Henrik Sedin are expected to join the Vancouver Canucks front office soon but general manager Jim Benning said he isn’t sure about the exact role the Canucks’ all-time leading scorers would play.

Benning told Vancouver-based television show Donnie and Dhali – The Team on Friday that he plans to meet with the Sedin twins next week and expects an announcement about their future “in the next couple of weeks.”

“We’re still talking to them and just trying to figure out what that’s going to look like from an organizational point of view, and kind of coming up with a plan as to what they’re going to be involved in and what they’re going to do,” Benning said.

The identical twins retired in 2018 after 17-season careers with the Canucks, who selected Daniel Sedin No. 2 and Henrik Sedin No. 3 in the 1999 NHL Draft. They are the only siblings in NHL history to each have a least 1,000 points, and lead Vancouver in several categories. Henrik is the team’s all-time leader in games played (1,330), points (1,070) and assists (830); Daniel is first in goals (393), as well as second in games played (1,306), assists (648) and points (1,041).

Their numbers — No. 22 for Daniel (because he was picked second) and No. 33 for Henrik — were retired on Feb. 12, 2020, but the Sedins chose to remain in Vancouver and the door was left open to return to the team Henrik captained from 2010-18.

“When they retired, they came up to my office and I told them at that time, and [owner] Francesco [Aquilini] told them the same thing, that if they want to get back involved in working with the organization, the door was always going to be open,” Benning said. 

Gifted offensive players, Henrik won the Art Ross Trophy and Hart Trophy (each in 2009-10). Daniel won the Art Ross Trophy and the Ted Lindsay Award for most outstanding player voted by the NHL Players’ Association in 2010-11. They each also won the King Clancy Trophy, awarded to the player or players who best exemplify leadership qualities on and off the ice, following the 2017-18 season (Henrik also won the King Clancy Trophy in 2015-16), and Benning said they would be involved in several different ways at the start, working in everything from player development to scouting.

“They’re going to learn every part of the organization,” Benning said. “They’re going to be involved with the hockey ops group and team building. They want to learn the business. They want to learn about the amateur draft. They’ll be in our pro scouting meetings. 

“They were hard-working players and once they make a decision they’re going to get involved, they’re going to be doing the work and help us in all the different facets. They don’t want to be guys that just have desk jobs. They want to put the boots on the ground and do the work.”

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