On June 1, Henrik and Daniel Sedin will be honoured by Kwantlen Polytechnic University for their charitable dedication to the City of Vancouver. KPU will award the Sedins with honorary degrees from President Dr. Alan Davis and Chancellor George Melville following the school’s convocation.
“I’m a Canucks fan, and it goes without saying the Sedins are exceptionally skilled players whose leadership, talent and hard work give the Canucks an edge that is unparalleled,” said Davis. “But what people may not know about the Sedins is that they demonstrate the same integrity and selflessness off the ice through their service to their communities, and in particular to children in those communities.”
Since joining the Canucks in 2000, the Sedins have become major contributors in the Vancouver community. Henrik and Daniel support the Canucks For Kids Fund, Canuck Place Children’s Hospice, Canucks Autism Network, and BC Children’s Hospital, among other organizations, and have formed the Sedin Family Foundation, which 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.
Both Henrik and Daniel have one year left remaining on their contracts, and while their play has somewhat deteriorated with age, it’s hard to imagine the Canucks without the Sedins.