Vancouver, B.C. - The National Hockey League announced today that Vancouver Canucks captain Henrik Sedin was awarded the 2015.16 King Clancy Memorial Trophy, given annually to the NHL player who best exemplifies leadership qualities both on and off the ice and has made a significant humanitarian contribution in his community. Sedin is the second player in franchise history to win the award, following Trevor Linden in the 1996.97 season.
“Henrik is a consummate leader and mentor for his teammates who embodies the principles of honesty, integrity and discipline,” said Canucks President of Hockey Operations Trevor Linden. “He has an innate ability to inspire and motivate others through his work ethic and desire to compete at the highest level. Alongside his brother Daniel, Henrik has brightened the lives of children and families in his adopted province of British Columbia for over 15 years. We are proud to see him recognized for his many contributions both on and off the ice.”
Henrik Sedin leads the franchise in games played (1,196), plus/minus (+214), assists (748) and points (970). His statistical achievements are matched by equally significant leadership and community contributions. The Ornskoldsvik, Sweden native, contributes his time, energy and funds to children and families throughout the province of British Columbia. Sedin spends significant time supporting the Canucks for Kids Fund and its charitable partners through fundraising and outreach events, exemplifying to a new generation of Canucks players the importance of giving back to their community. He supports BC Children’s Hospital not only by making frequent visits to spend quality time with the children dealing with serious illnesses, but also by purchasing and donating thousands of dollars worth of Canucks game tickets to those same kids and families. In addition, he has been the face of their Jeans Day provincial fundraiser for several years, helping BC Children’s Hospital Foundation raise more than $1.1 million in 2016. Most significantly, Henrik alongside his wife, brother Daniel and sister-in-law, made a joint $1.5 million donation to help build a brand new BC Children’s Hospital in 2010.
Sedin is also a proud supporter of Canuck Place Children’s Hospice which provides pediatric palliative care to BC’s sickest children and their families. He helps create lasting memories for the Canuck Place families with numerous visits and ticket donations year after year. He is also committed to the Canucks Autism Network (CAN) which provides awareness, support, and programming for individuals and families living with autism. Henrik regularly participates in the annual CAN Sports Day, helping create lasting memories for the participants and families.
In addition to Henrik’s contributions with the Vancouver Canucks, he also has established a charitable foundation, along with Daniel, to reach even more people in the community. The Sedin Family Foundation works with schools, community groups and social service agencies to identify needs and find creative and unique ways to make a difference for children and families. This past season, the Foundation created and launched ‘Clubhouse 36’ at elementary schools in Surrey to provide a safe, structured out-of-school program for kids ages 6-12 to learn, build confidence and have fun. Sedin’s additional community involvements include donating to numerous community projects, including cultural centre and playground builds, as well as kids sports programs, across British Columbia.