“We don’t take this lightly,” he said. “We didn’t want to just come in because of our names.”
The Canucks missed the playoffs for the fifth time in six years in 2021. They finished with a 23-29-4 record for 50 points, leaving them last among the seven teams playing in Canada.
Henrik Sedin believes the Canucks have a talented young core with forwards Bo Horvat, Elias Pettersson, Nils Hoglander, Brock Boeser, defenseman Quinn Hughes and goaltender Thatcher Demko.
“To creating a winning organization, you create the right culture,” Henrik Sedin said. “That’s something we truly believed when we played and what we had on good teams.”
Benning said the Sedins will be involved in all areas of hockey operations, including player evaluation, development and communication from the amateur to NHL level.
The brothers will participate in amateur and pro scouting meetings, and help the team’s planning for the draft, free agency and the deadline.
“They played on good teams,” said Benning. “They understood what good teams look like. They are passionate about wanting to do this. They are going to have a big voice in what we do here going forward.”
The Sedins were part of the Canuck team that lost Game 7 of the 2011 Stanley Cup final to the Boston Bruins. Vancouver didn’t win another playoff round until the 2020 playoffs.