The National Hockey League has narrowed down the 32-member Nominees list for King Clancy Memorial Trophy 2022-23 to three finalists. The three finalists are Mikael Backlund (Calgary Flames), Anders Lee (NY Islanders), and Darnell Nurse (Edmonton Oilers).
The King Clancy Memorial Trophy is awarded annually to the player who best exemplifies leadership on-and-off the ice and makes noteworthy humanitarian contribution. The Trophy would be presented alongside the other NHL Awards on 26th June in Bridgestone Arena, Nashville. Also Read: List of King Clancy Memorial Trophy Winners
Calgary Flames center Backlund has shown support for the ALS Society of Alberta to honor his late mother-in-law and Flames assistant general manager Chris Snow, who has been battling ALS for four years. Backlund and his wife Frida Engström have raised over $400,000 for the nonprofit. He also hosted nearly 100 families affected by ALS at home games. Furthermore, Backlund involves himself with The Kids Cancer Care and Special Olympics Calgary. He has also welcomed 500 guests to Flames games for post-game meetings. Backlund and his wife established Lily’s Legacy with Parachutes for Pets, assisting children in foster care to retain their pets during transitional periods.
New York Islanders forward Anders Lee has actively contributed to fundraising efforts, notably supporting “Jam Kancer in the Kan,” a foundation aiding children and families affected by cancer. Initially, the nonprofit had raised $130,000 over two years, but with Lee’s involvement, the total has surpassed $2 million. In memory of his late friend Fenov Pierre-Louis, who succumbed to cancer at 17, Lee provides financial support through academic scholarships. As the Islanders captain, he extends invitations to families impacted by cancer for home games in New York. He offers assistance to those facing financial hardships during the holiday season.
Darnell Nurse, one of the last season’s finalist, actively participates in diverse community initiatives for sports inclusion. Through “Free Play for Kids,” he enables marginalized children, including refugees and Indigenous youth, to engage in sports in a safe and inclusive environment. As an ambassador for “Right To Play,” he empowers children to overcome adversity. Nurse also established the Darnell Nurse Excellence Scholarship, awarding deserving students pursuing higher education. Additionally, he mentors youth, sponsors players in the Greater Toronto Hockey League, and supports COVID-19 relief efforts.
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