The National Hockey League announced on Friday the three finalists for the King Clancy Trophy that recognizes “the player who best exemplifies leadership qualities on and off the ice and has made a noteworthy humanitarian contribution in his community.” Every year, one player from each NHL team is nominated for the King Clancy Trophy, with the three finalists and the winner being selected by a committee of NHL executives led by commissioner Gary Bettman and deputy commissioner Bill Daly.
This year’s finalists for the King Clancy Trophy are Minnesota Wild defenseman Matt Dumba, New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist and New Jersey Devils defenseman P.K. Subban.
Matt Dumba (@mnwild), Henrik Lundqvist (@NYRangers) and P.K. Subban (@NJDevils) are the three finalists for the 2019-20 King Clancy Memorial Trophy. https://t.co/Wod6DeSa4H #NHLAwards pic.twitter.com/aL76TL3wJN
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Here are some of the contributions from each player, as released in a statement from the NHL:
“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.”
Dumba finished his 2019-20 season with six goals and 18 assists for 24 points in 69 games on the Minnesota blue line. The 26-year-old also appeared in four games for the Wild in the qualifying round, picking up an assist before being eliminated at the hands of the Vancouver Canucks.
This is the first time that Dumba has been named a finalist for the award.
“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.”
This season for Lundqvist was a bit of an adjustment for him as he split the year in net between young netminders Igor Shesterkin and Alexander Georgiev. The 38-year-old veteran appeared in 30 games this season with a 10-12-3 record, posting a 3.16 goals-against average, a .905 save percentage and one shutout. He also got two starts in the Stanley Cup Qualification Round for the Rangers, going 0-2 with a 3.52 goals-against average and a .901 save percentage as New York was swept in three games by the Carolina Hurricanes.
It is the second consecutive year in which Lundqvist has been named a finalist for the King Clancy Trophy.
“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.”
In his first season with the Devils, Subban had a bit of a down year with just 18 points (7+11) in 68 games played. The Devils finished the 2019-20 campaign with a 28-29-12 record and missed out on the chance to play in the qualifying round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Subban was also named a finalist for the King Clancy Trophy back in 2018 as a member of the Nashville Predators.
The player who is named the winner of the award will receive a $25,000 donation from the National Hockey League Foundation to benefit a charity or charities of their choice. The two runners-up each will receive a $5,000 donation of their choice.
The winner of the King Clancy Trophy will be revealed during the 2020 Conference Finals.
Buffalo Sabres captain Jack Eichel was the team’s nomination for the King Clancy Trophy for a second consecutive season. Eichel made a number of contributions to the Buffalo community with his involvement with Best Buddies WNY, the Courage of Carly Fund at Roswell Park, and Breaking Barriers Buffalo. One of his most notable contribution came during the COVID-19 pandemic when he donated 5,000 Bauer face shields to Buffalo hospitals.
Rob Ray is the only Sabres player to ever win the King Clancy Trophy when he did so in 1999.