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Minnesota Wild defenseman Matt Dumba, New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist and New Jersey Devils defenseman P.K. Subban are the three finalists for the 2019-20 King Clancy Memorial Trophy, which is presented “to the player who best exemplifies leadership qualities on and off the ice and has made a noteworthy humanitarian contribution in his community,” the National Hockey League announced today.
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NEW YORK (Aug. 14, 2020) – Minnesota Wild defenseman Matt Dumba, New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist and New Jersey Devils defenseman P.K. Subban are the three finalists for the 2019-20 King Clancy Memorial Trophy, which is presented “to the player who best exemplifies leadership qualities on and off the ice and has made a noteworthy humanitarian contribution in his community,” the National Hockey League announced today.
Each NHL team nominated a player for the King Clancy Memorial Trophy, with the three finalists and winner chosen by a committee of senior NHL executives led by Commissioner Gary Bettman and Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly.
The selection committee applies the following criteria in determining the finalists and winner:
* Clear and measurable positive impact on the community
* Investment of time and resources
* Commitment to a particular cause or community
* Commitment to the League’s community initiatives
* Creativity of programming
* Use of influence; engagement of others
The winner will be revealed during the 2020 Conference Finals, with the exact date, format and time to be determined. That player will receive a $25,000 donation from the National Hockey League Foundation to benefit a charity or charities of his choice. The two runners-up each will receive a $5,000 donation from the National Hockey League Foundation to benefit a charity or charities of their choice.
Following are the finalists for the King Clancy Memorial Trophy, in alphabetical order:
Matt Dumba, D, Minnesota Wild
In response to social unrest across North America and recent stories about racism in hockey, Dumba – along with several other current and former NHL players – co-founded the Hockey Diversity Alliance, which aims to eradicate systemic racism and intolerance in hockey. Dumba, who delivered a powerful message on the subject during the 2020 Stanley Cup Qualifiers, also spearheaded the Rebuild Minnesota initiative to assist Minneapolis businesses impacted by riots and protests in the wake of the murder of George Floyd. The fundraiser, which aims to raise $500,000, will donate all funds to Lake Street Council in Minnesota and ActionDignity in Canada. Dumba’s other efforts during the 2019-20 season included COVID-19 support to more than 60 families who are part of ACES (Athletes Committed to Educating Students), a surprise Hockey Fights Cancer tribute for a close family friend and a donation to Australia wildfire relief efforts.
Henrik Lundqvist, G, New York Rangers
Lundqvist and his wife, Therese, have raised more than $3.2 million since the 2014 inception of the Henrik Lundqvist Foundation (HLF), which benefits Together for Better, New York Presbyterian Children’s Hospital, Ronald McDonald Barnford in Sweden and the Garden of Dreams Foundation (GDF) as well as HLF’s own initiative – the HLF Young Ambassador Program. To date, HLF has directly given grants and made commitments of more than $1.5 million in support of children’s health and education. Lundqvist, who has served as a spokesperson for GDF since 2009, helped that organization raise $650,000 in 2019-20 alone. He also has been active in COVID-19 relief efforts, auctioning off a game-worn mask that raised $37,000 via the All In Challenge and donating $100,000 through HLF to feed New Yorkers in need. That contribution provided approximately 68,000 meals and aided 8,000 children and their families.
P.K. Subban, D, New Jersey Devils
Subban made a $50,000 donation to the fundraiser for the daughter of George Floyd, whose murder sparked a worldwide movement for societal change. Subban’s donation inspired athletes across the sports world to contribute and help the effort far surpass its initial goal, raising more than $1.5 million. Subban also continued his various charitable initiatives through the P.K. Subban Foundation, which aims to create positive change through building a community of people who are passionate about helping children around the globe. Among those efforts is the Blueline Buddies program, which brings together local police and youth to attend an NHL game (and meet Subban afterward). In addition to Subban’s pledge of $10 million to the Montreal Children’s Hospital, his foundation has created the Subban Defence League and “PKSFWEEKMTL,” a weeklong fundraiser that generated more than $500,000 in 2019 and is set to again take place in August.
The King Clancy Memorial Trophy was presented in 1988 by the NHL’s Board of Governors in honor of Frank “King” Clancy, a beloved figure in the League for decades as a player, referee, coach, manager and goodwill ambassador. A three-time Stanley Cup champion and 1958 inductee to the Hockey Hall of Fame, Clancy was voted as one of the 100 Greatest NHL Players during the League’s Centennial Celebration in 2017.