Daniel Sedin and Henrik Sedin of the Vancouver Canucks won the King Clancy Trophy awarded to the player or players who best exemplify leadership qualities on and off the ice and have made a noteworthy humanitarian contribution in their community at the 2018 NHL Awards presented by Hulu at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas on Wednesday.
"I think the NHL and all the teams do such a great job, things that are forgotten during the season," Daniel Sedin said. "For us, coming into Vancouver, from Day One, the big thing has been to be involved in the community. Go out to schools and hospitals and get involved. That's something we take a lot of pride in in Vancouver."
The Sedins and their spouses made a $1.5 million donation to the BC Children's Hospital Foundation in 2010 to help build a children's hospital and expand existing medical services. They have helped the Canucks for Kids Fund raise $42 million since 2000-01, advocated for the literacy promotion programs of the Canucks Family Education Centre, and supported the SPCA.
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The 37-year-old twins enabled thousands of children to attend Canucks games and touched the lives of thousands more by visiting elementary schools, meeting with patients and families at BC Children's Hospital and Canuck Place Children's Hospice, and through their work with the Sedin Family Foundation.
Video: Daniel and Henrik Sedin win the King Clancy Trophy
It's the second time Henrik Sedin has won the award (2016) and the third time it was awarded to a Canucks player (Trevor Linden, 1997).
"There are stories from visits we do with the team or without the team, personal stories, with a lot of sadness involved," Henrik Sedin said. "Those are tough ones to be a part of. It shows how important the work is that the NHL does around the league."
The Sedins retired from the NHL after 17 seasons with Vancouver.
"[Winning this award] is nothing we thought about when we made the decision to retire, but to be nominated and to win it now is pretty special," Henrik Sedin said. "We know it's the last time we're going to be here, so it's been fun to be around these couple days to see everyone for the last time."
Nashville Predators defenseman P.K Subban, 29, and Minnesota Wild forward Jason Zucker, 26, were the other finalists.
"There are only four nominees, but there are so many players who do so many good things throughout the NHL," Daniel Sedin said. "Not only the teams having to tell them to do stuff, most do things because they want to help out. We have a lot of players in Vancouver who do so many things quietly."