Henrik and Daniel Sedin are going to graduate!
The twins, who were drafted by the Canucks nearly 18 years ago, will be awarded honorary degrees from Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) on June 1st.
They’ll receive degrees for essentially being great guys off the ice, or more formally: “For the citizenship, sportsmanship, civility, respect and care they demonstrate both on and off the ice in their adopted province of British Columbia.”
“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 KPU President and Vice-Chancellor Dr. Alan 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.”
For Canucks fans, the work that Henrik and Daniel do in the community is well known.
The Sedin Family Foundation was established by Henrik and his wife Johanna, as well as Daniel and his wife Marinette, to celebrate people, recognize achievement, and support children’s health, education, and family wellness. The 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 throughout British Columbia.
“We are proud to present these degrees to Daniel and Henrik Sedin, and now count them among our alumni as they are examples of everything that is good in people,” added Dr. Davis.
Henrik and Daniel also work closely with a number of charities through the Canucks For Kids Fund, including its core beneficiaries: Canuck Place Children’s Hospice, Canucks Autism Network, and BC Children’s Hospital. They’ve also given their time and money to the Canucks Family Education Centre.
In 2010, the twins donated $1.5 million to help build a new BC Children’s Hospital. Then, in 2016, the Sedins donated $1 million to build a Canucks-themed playroom.