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Benevolent brothers

by Staff Writer / Vancouver Canucks

Leadership, dedication and talent are all words that come to mind when describing Daniel and Henrik Sedin.

They are regarded as two of the greatest players in the League, often representing the Vancouver Canucks at the NHL All-Star game and their home country Sweden in the Olympics. In the locker room they are known leaders sporting both C’s and A’s on their respective jersey’s, however their leadership efforts continue far outside of Rogers Arena. Henrik and Daniel Sedin are both involved in numerous charitable initiatives which have led to them being viewed as Community Ambassadors in the Metro Vancouver area.

The Sedin Family Foundation is a notable contribution the twins have made here in BC. They have both been quoted saying how grateful they are to play hockey in Vancouver and wanted to give back to the community as a way of thanking the city for creating a home for their families. From building playgrounds and gymnasiums to hosting Children in the Sedin Corner suite they are making significant impacts on the lives of BC children. More recently they founded Clubhouse 36, a program launched in three Surrey schools that works “to provide a safe, structured out-of-school program for kids aged 6-12 to learn, build confidence and have fun.”

While the twins have done a great deal of work through their Family Foundation, their efforts began before its inception and extend far beyond. Many will remember the generous $1.5 million dollar donation the Sedin brothers made to BC Children’s Hospital back in 2010. This donation was originally intended to be kept anonymous but after much convincing from the CEO of BCCH, they finally agreed to make it public in the hopes that it would benefit the hospital’s campaign. It certainly was helpful and shortly after a huge influx in cheques of $22 and $33 came in; the community was inspired by the Sedin’s donation and wanted to show their gratitude by supporting this great cause in their honour.

BC Children’s have always held a special place in the hearts of the Sedin’s who enjoy making annual hospital visits. Their hospital visits are not limited to BC Children’s however, often the brothers will be seen making hospital visits while on the road. They are committed to cheering up children wherever they go! A recent example was earlier this year when Daniel Sedin went to the All-Star game in Nashville and visited a lower income school with fellow All-Star, Dustin Byfuglien. The school was a part of the Nashville Inner City Ministry which is “dedicated to empowering the spiritual, educational and vocational development of at-risk youth” This gesture brightened the day of so many adolescences and proved to be an inspiring experience for the youths involved.

These are just a few ways that the Sedin brothers go out of their way to improve the community. They are selfless individuals who will always make time for their fans and will often be seen signing apparel for kids post-game. Whether it be through large monetary donations, the creation of new programs for kids or just getting out into the community and interacting with their fan base, Daniel and Henrik are changing lives. They lead by example on and off the ice and truly exemplify what it means to be a part of a community.

Story by: Victoria Ullrich

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