Vancouver, B.C. - Vancouver Canucks General Manager Jim Benning announced today that Daniel and Henrik Sedin will join the Hockey Operations department as Special Advisors to the General Manager.
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Daniel and Henrik's combined experience as players and team leaders will complement the Canucks Hockey Operations staff and ultimately support General Manager Jim Benning and Assistant General Managers John Weisbrod and Chris Gear in decision-making and organizational strategy.
The Sedins will learn and support all areas of the team's hockey operations including player evaluation, development and communication from the amateur to NHL level. They will work collaboratively with Abbotsford's AHL staff and coaches, participate in amateur and pro scouting meetings and participate in planning for the Draft, Free Agency and trade deadline.
"Henrik and Daniel's hockey intellect and experience is exceptional," said Benning. "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."
"We are grateful and humbled by the opportunity to contribute to the team we care so much about," said former Captain Henrik Sedin. "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 honour to be back, and we will do everything we can to learn and contribute to the success of this team."
"When we retired, we always thought we'd like to be involved in the business side of hockey one day," added Daniel. "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."
Daniel and Henrik Sedin retired in 2018 after 17 NHL seasons as Vancouver Canucks. Their jerseys were retired on Feb. 12, 2020.
Henrik leads the franchise in games played (1,330), assists (830), points (1,070) and plus minus (+165) while Daniel leads in goals (393), power play goals (138), game-winning goals (86) and shots on goal (3,474). While their contributions on-ice are well-known their impact off the ice will be remembered with equal reverence in Vancouver. The Sedins spend significant time, energy and funds to support children and families throughout their adopted province of British Columbia.