Tom Wilson Named Capitals Nominee for NHL’s King Clancy Memorial Trophy

The Washington Capitals announced Tuesday afternoon that forward Tom Wilson has been named the team’s nominee for the NHL’s King Clancy Memorial Trophy. The Trophy is awarded annually “to the player who best exemplifies leadership qualities on and off the ice and has made a noteworthy humanitarian contribution in his community.”


ARLINGTON, Va. – Washington Capitals forward Tom Wilson has been named the club’s 2022-23 nominee for the King Clancy Memorial Trophy, the Capitals and National Hockey League announced today. Wilson is raising funds for the community program So Kids Can through a related fundraiser that launches today in honor of his nomination.

The King Clancy Memorial trophy is awarded annually “to the player who best exemplifies leadership qualities on and off the ice and has made a noteworthy humanitarian contribution in his community.” Wilson actively gives back to the community through two player programs as well as by being involved in additional initiatives throughout the season.

In conjunction with the King Clancy nomination, fans who make a donation to So Kids Can online at between May 9 and June 27 will be entered to win two tickets to a future mutually agreed upon Capitals game, with a postgame meet and greet with Wilson. The experience includes a signed jersey and game-used stick, as well as airfare and hotel for two individuals. All proceeds from this fundraiser will benefit 2022-23 So Kids Can beneficiary Playtime Project. Playtime Project cultivates resilience in children experiencing family housing insecurity by providing and expanding access to transformative play experiences.

In 2018, Wilson created 43’s Friends to provide tickets and a special postgame meet and greet to kids waiting for their wishes to be granted by Make-A-Wish (MAW) Mid-Atlantic. In 2019, he expanded his program to also include families selected by United Heroes League. Wilson chose MAW Mid-Atlantic after being inspired by a former player who had donated tickets to MAW and selected United Heroes League after meeting many incredible men and women in the area who serve or have previously served in the military. This season, during his injury rehabilitation, Wilson hosted three kids from Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic and three kids from United Heroes League in a suite for the Capitals vs. Coyotes game on Nov. 5. Wilson spent quality time with the kids and their families in the suite for the game.

Garnet Hathaway was the Capitals nominee in 2020, 2021 and 2022. Tom Wilson was the team’s nominee in 2019 with Brooks Orpik receiving the nomination in 2018. Olaf Kolzig is the only Capitals player to win the award.

Past Winners (via HockeyDB):

1987-88 Lanny McDonald Calgary Flames
1988-89 Bryan Trottier New York Islanders
1989-90 Kevin Lowe Edmonton Oilers
1990-91 Dave Taylor Los Angeles Kings
1991-92 Ray Bourque Boston Bruins
1992-93 Dave Poulin Boston Bruins
1993-94 Adam Graves New York Rangers
1994-95 Joe Nieuwendyk Calgary Flames
1995-96 Kris King Winnipeg Jets
1996-97 Trevor Linden Vancouver Canucks
1997-98 Kelly Chase St. Louis Blues
1998-99 Rob Ray Buffalo Sabres
1999-00 Curtis Joseph Toronto Maple Leafs
2000-01 Shjon Podein Colorado Avalanche
2001-02 Ron Francis Carolina Hurricanes
2002-03 Brendan Shanahan Detroit Red Wings
2003-04 Jarome Iginla Calgary Flames
2005-06 Olaf Kolzig Washington Capitals
2006-07 Saku Koivu Montreal Canadiens
2007-08 Vincent Lecavalier Tampa Bay Lightning
2008-09 Ethan Moreau Edmonton Oilers
2009-10 Shane Doan Phoenix Coyotes
2010-11 Doug Weight New York Islanders
2011-12 Daniel Alfredsson Ottawa Senators
2012-13 Patrice Bergeron Boston Bruins
2013-14 Andrew Ference Edmonton Oilers
2014-15 Henrik Zetterberg Detroit Red Wings
2015-16 Henrik Sedin Vancouver Canucks
2016-17 Nick Foligno Columbus Blue Jackets
2017-18 Henrik Sedin Vancouver Canucks
2017-18 Daniel Sedin Vancouver Canucks
2018-19 Jason Zucker Minnesota Wild
2019-20 Matt Dumba Minnesota Wild
2020-21 Pekka Rinne Nashville Predators
2021-22 P.K. Subban New Jersey Devils

About Jon Sorensen

Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His interest in the Caps has grown over the decades and included time as a season ticket holder. He has been a journalist covering the team for 10+ years, primarily focusing on analysis, analytics and prospect development.
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2 Responses to Tom Wilson Named Capitals Nominee for NHL’s King Clancy Memorial Trophy

  1. Jon Sorensen says:

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  2. Anonymous says:

    Congratulations Tom! Well deserved!

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