Sedin brothers join Canucks front office as special advisers to GM

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Daniel Sedin and Henrik Sedin were named Tuesday as special advisers to the general manager of the Vancouver Canucks.

The Sedins will provide support for Jim Benning and assistant GMs John Weisbrod and Chris Gear, including involvement in player evaluation, development and communication from the amateur to NHL level. They will work with the staff in Abbotsford (American Hockey League), participate in amateur and pro scouting meetings, and help plan for drafts, free agency and the trade deadline.

“We are grateful and humbled by the opportunity to contribute to the team we care so much about,” Henrik Sedin said. “The province and the fans care deeply about this team. As we’ve said, being part of the Canucks family has been the best time in our lives. It is an honor to be back, and we will do everything we can to learn and contribute to the success of this team.”

Henrik was Canucks captain for eight seasons, from 2010-18.

“When we retired (after the 2017-18 season), we always thought we’d like to be involved in the business side of hockey one day,” Daniel Sedin said. “There’s a lot to learn, but we are excited and ready for the opportunity. This team has some of the best young players in the NHL, and we want to do everything we can to support the group and achieve our goals.”

The Canucks (23-29-4) did not make the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs, finishing last in the seven-team Scotia North Division, nine points out of a playoff position.

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

Their numbers — No. 22 for Daniel 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 and Daniel’s hockey intellect and experience is exceptional,” Benning said. “We’ve had an open line of communication since they retired as players. They are students of the game, eager to learn, who will make valuable contributions and strengthen our staff. We are very pleased to add their knowledge and passion for the game and have them begin the next stage of their careers with us.”

Gifted offensive players, Henrik won the Art Ross Trophy as NHL scoring leader and the Hart Trophy voted as NHL MVP in 2009-10. Daniel won the Art Ross Trophy and the Ted Lindsay Award voted as the most outstanding player voted by the NHL Players’ Association in 2010-11. They shared 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 award in 2015-16).

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