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.”
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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 alltroo.com/wilson 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|
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Congratulations Tom! Well deserved!