King Clancy Memorial Trophy
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King Clancy Memorial Trophy
King Clancy Memorial Trophy
Hhof clancy.jpg
SportIce hockey
Awarded forNational Hockey League player who best exemplifies leadership qualities on and off the ice and who has made a significant humanitarian contribution in his community
First award1987-88 NHL season
Most recentPekka Rinne
Nashville Predators

The King Clancy Memorial Trophy is a sports award given annually to the National Hockey League (NHL) player who best exemplifies leadership qualities on and off the ice and who has made a significant humanitarian contribution to his community. The winner is chosen by "a special panel of representatives" from the Professional Hockey Writers' Association and the NHL Broadcasters' Association.[1]

The trophy is named in honour of Francis M. "King" Clancy, a former player for the original Ottawa Senators and the Toronto Maple Leafs who later went on to become a coach, referee, and team executive. The trophy was first awarded in 1988 and was presented to the NHL by Maple Leafs owner Harold Ballard, who called Clancy "one of the greatest humanitarians that ever lived".[2] It honours similar community service as the Charlie Conacher Humanitarian Award, which was retired in 1984.

Five teams have had more than one player win the award. Three members of the Vancouver Canucks, Edmonton Oilers, Calgary Flames, and Boston Bruins have won the award, while two members of the New York Islanders, Minnesota Wild, and Detroit Red Wings have also won the award. Ray Bourque and Dave Poulin won it in consecutive years for the Boston Bruins, and Jason Zucker and Matt Dumba won it in consecutive years for the Minnesota Wild. Players from the seven different Canadian teams have won the trophy on 10 of the 28 occasions that it has been awarded. Three members each from the Edmonton Oilers, Calgary Flames, and Vancouver Canucks, as well as one each from the Montreal Canadiens, Ottawa Senators, Toronto Maple Leafs, and the original Winnipeg Jets have won the award. Henrik Sedin is the only player who has won it more than once. Henrik and his brother Daniel are the only recipients to have won the trophy jointly.


Pekka Rinne, 2021 winner
Matt Dumba, 2020 winner
Jason Zucker, 2019 winner
Henrik (top) and Daniel Sedin, 2018 winners. Henrik also won in 2016, making him the only player to win the trophy more than once.
  Player is still active
Season Winner Team Player's humanitarian contribution
1987-88 Lanny McDonald Calgary Flames Supporter of numerous charities in Toronto and Calgary.[3]
1988-89 Bryan Trottier New York Islanders Worked with numerous charities, including the Special Olympics, the Long Island "Just Say No to Drugs" program, and the Make-A-Wish Foundation.[4]
1989-90 Kevin Lowe Edmonton Oilers Although very busy as a player and with the NHLPA, he was made the honorary Chairman of the Edmonton City Christmas Bureau, a charity which fed needy persons.[5]
1990-91 Dave Taylor Los Angeles Kings Did a lot of charity work with his team, and also assisted persons with speech impediments, as he had previously overcome one.[6]
1991-92 Ray Bourque Boston Bruins Involved in numerous charities; he was most notably the honourable Chairman for Boston's Floating Hospital for Infants and Children.[7]
1992-93 Dave Poulin Boston Bruins Spent a lot of time helping charities; he was Co-Chairman of the March of Dimes "Walk for Life" fundraiser.[8]
1993-94 Adam Graves New York Rangers Was previously recognized by his team and city for his extensive community work. He most notably served as Celebrity Chairman of New York's Family Dynamic program, a charity which assists abused children.[9]
1994-95 Joe Nieuwendyk Calgary Flames Was the captain of the Flames, and was leader in most of the Flames' charitable and humanitarian efforts.[10]
1995-96 Kris King Winnipeg Jets Was the Jets' captain as well as a major participant in various charitable organizations.[11]
1996-97 Trevor Linden Vancouver Canucks Started a program called the "Captain's Crew", which allowed underprivileged children to attend games in a private suite as his guest.[12]
1997-98 Kelly Chase St. Louis Blues Heavily involved with the Gateway Project, which helped mentally challenged children get involved in various sports.[13]
1998-99 Rob Ray Buffalo Sabres Involved with many charities, including the March of Dimes, the Make-a-Wish Foundation, Walk America and the Roswell Cancer Institute and Children's hospital.[14]
1999-2000 Curtis Joseph Toronto Maple Leafs Worked mainly with sick children; he started "Cujo's Kids", which placed children with illnesses in a luxury suite at a Leafs game; also created "Cujo's Crease", a special room in the Sick Kids Hospital in Toronto which resembled the Leafs' dressing room.[15]
2000-01 Shjon Podein Colorado Avalanche Founded the Shjon Podein Children's Foundation, which assists sick and underprivileged children.[16]
2001-02 Ron Francis Carolina Hurricanes Involved in a program with Duke Children's Hospital in Durham, North Carolina that helps children.[17]
2002-03 Brendan Shanahan Detroit Red Wings Started a program that assists with the purchase and installation of smoke detectors for low-income households.[18]
2003-04 Jarome Iginla Calgary Flames Involved in all of the Flames' community programs, and donated 1,000 dollars for every goal he scored.[19]
2004-05[a] -- -- --
2005-06 Olaf Kolzig Washington Capitals Co-founded "Athletes against Autism" after discovering that his son, Carson, had autism; also involved with numerous other charities.[20]
2006-07 Saku Koivu Montreal Canadiens After recovering from cancer, he founded the Saku Koivu Foundation in 2002, which had raised around 2.5 million dollars when Koivu was awarded.[21]
2007-08 Vincent Lecavalier Tampa Bay Lightning Work with the Vincent Lecavalier Foundation.[22]
2008-09 Ethan Moreau Edmonton Oilers Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation's (EOCF) Inner City High School project.[23]
2009-10 Shane Doan Phoenix Coyotes Involved in numerous Phoenix-area charities.[24][25]
2010-11 Doug Weight New York Islanders
2011-12 Daniel Alfredsson Ottawa Senators Over his 15 seasons with the Senators, Alfredsson has contributed to many local charities and causes, becoming a staple in the community.[26]
2012-13 Patrice Bergeron Boston Bruins The Bruins' alternate captain has been involved in many charitable programs. Bergeron's "Patrice's Pals" program brings hospital patients and children's groups to watch Bruins games from a luxury suite.[27]
2013-14 Andrew Ference Edmonton Oilers The Oilers' captain has been involved in many charitable programs. Ference heads up the November Project in Edmonton, a movement to increase activity in the community.[28]
2014-15 Henrik Zetterberg Detroit Red Wings The Red Wings' captain and his wife, Emma, give back to the Metro Detroit community through numerous initiatives as well as international causes in Ethiopia, Guatemala and Nepal.[29]
2015-16 Henrik Sedin (1) Vancouver Canucks The Canucks' captain is heavily involved in many charitable programs put on by the Canucks. In 2010, he and his brother, Daniel Sedin, donated $1.5 million to the BC Children's Hospital. In 2015, he and Daniel announced that they would be funding "Clubhouse 36", an after-school program for at-risk students in a nearby city. The Sedin twins also established the Sedin Family Foundation in 2014.[30]
2016-17 Nick Foligno Columbus Blue Jackets Nick Foligno and wife, Janelle, donated $1 million to Children's hospitals in Columbus and Boston. Foligno also supports the Janis Foligno Foundation, in memory of his mother, who died due to cancer in 2009.
2017-18 Daniel Sedin Vancouver Canucks In their final season, the Sedin twins became the first duo to win the award. The Sedins contributed greatly to countless charitable programs created by both the Canucks and themselves over the course of 18 years. One of which was helping raise $42 million for the Canucks for Kids fund since 2000. Their win was a career achievement award, honouring the Sedins for both their on-ice and off-ice efforts over their careers.[31]
Henrik Sedin (2)
2018-19 Jason Zucker Minnesota Wild Zucker and his wife Carly began a campaign in 2017-18 to raise funds for the Zucker Family Suite and Broadcast Studio at the University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital in Minneapolis. The #GIVE16 campaign started with a $160,000 donation by the Zuckers and has raised over $1.2 million.[32]
2019-20 Matt Dumba Minnesota Wild Dumba was one of the founding members of the Hockey Diversity Alliance, an initiative dedicated to eradicating systemic racism and intolerance in hockey. Additionally, Dumba helped to spearhead the "Rebuild Minnesota" initiative to assist local businesses affected in the wake of the George Floyd protests, assisted over 60 families in need during the COVID-19 pandemic, donated more than $11,000 to Australia wildfire relief, and was an active participant in Minneapolis' Athletes Committed to Educating Students.[33]
2020-21 Pekka Rinne Nashville Predators Rinne, along with former teammate Shea Weber, helped to launch the 365 Fund, which cooperates with Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt to raise funds and awareness for cancer research, starting in 2012-13. The fund has raised over $3 million since its inception. Additionally, Rinne fully funded a suite at Bridgestone Arena under the 365 Fund, which accommodates guests and family members from the children's hospital. He also participated in the Predators' "Feed the Frontline" fund, which supplied meals to frontline workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.[34]


  1. ^ Not awarded due to 2004-05 NHL lockout



  • "King Clancy Trophy". National Hockey League. Retrieved 2007.
  • "Legends of Hockey". Legends Of Hockey. Retrieved 2007.


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  2. ^ "Ballard honors Clancy's life with trophy". Ottawa Citizen. December 17, 1986. p. F3. Retrieved 2011.
  3. ^ "King Clancy Memorial Trophy Winner: Lanny McDonald". Legends Of Hockey. Retrieved 2007.
  4. ^ "King Clancy Memorial Trophy Winner: Bryan Trottier". Legends Of Hockey. Retrieved 2007.
  5. ^ "King Clancy Memorial Trophy Winner: Kevin Lowe". Legends Of Hockey. Retrieved 2007.
  6. ^ "King Clancy Memorial Trophy Winner: Dave Taylor". Legends Of Hockey. Retrieved 2007.
  7. ^ "King Clancy Memorial Trophy Winner: Ray Bourque". Legends Of Hockey. Retrieved 2007.
  8. ^ "King Clancy Memorial Trophy Winner: Dave Poulin". Legends Of Hockey. Retrieved 2007.
  9. ^ "King Clancy Memorial Trophy Winner: Adam Graves". Legends Of Hockey. Retrieved 2007.
  10. ^ "King Clancy Memorial Trophy Winner: Joe Nieuwendyk". Legends Of Hockey. Retrieved 2007.
  11. ^ "King Clancy Memorial Trophy Winner: Kris King". Legends Of Hockey. Archived from the original on April 19, 2008. Retrieved 2007.
  12. ^ "King Clancy Memorial Trophy Winner: Trevor Linden". Legends Of Hockey. Archived from the original on April 19, 2008. Retrieved 2007.
  13. ^ "King Clancy Memorial Trophy Winner: Kelly Chase". Legends Of Hockey. Retrieved 2007.
  14. ^ "King Clancy Memorial Trophy Winner: Rob Ray". Legends Of Hockey. Retrieved 2007.
  15. ^ "King Clancy Memorial Trophy Winner: Curtis Joseph". Legends Of Hockey. Retrieved 2007.
  16. ^ "King Clancy Memorial Trophy Winner: Shjon Podein". Legends Of Hockey. Archived from the original on September 30, 2007. Retrieved 2007.
  17. ^ "King Clancy Memorial Trophy Winner: Ron Francis". Legends Of Hockey. Retrieved 2007.
  18. ^ "King Clancy Memorial Trophy Winner: Brendan Shanahan". Legends Of Hockey. Retrieved 2007.
  19. ^ "King Clancy Memorial Trophy Winner: Jarome Iginla". Legends Of Hockey. Retrieved 2007.
  20. ^ "King Clancy Memorial Trophy Winner: Olaf Kolzig". Legends Of Hockey. Retrieved 2007.
  21. ^ "King Clancy Memorial Trophy Winner: Saku Koivu". Legends Of Hockey. Retrieved 2007.
  22. ^ "King Clancy Memorial Trophy Winner: Vincent Lecavalier". Legends Of Hockey. Retrieved 2012.
  23. ^ "King Clancy Memorial Trophy Winner: Ethan Moreau". Legends Of Hockey. Retrieved 2012.
  24. ^ O'Brien, James (2010-06-23). "Shane Doan receives King Clancy Award". NBC Sports. Retrieved .
  25. ^ "King Clancy Memorial Trophy Winner: Shane Doan". Legends Of Hockey. Retrieved 2012.
  26. ^ "King Clancy Memorial Trophy Winner: Daniel Alfredsson". Legends Of Hockey. Retrieved 2012.
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  28. ^ "Bergeron Named King Clancy Trophy Winner". National Hockey League. Retrieved 2014.
  29. ^ "Red Wings' Zetterberg awarded King Clancy Trophy". National Hockey League. Retrieved 2015.
  30. ^ "Henrik Sedin Awarded 15.16 King Clancy Trophy".
  31. ^ Benjamin, Amalie (June 20, 2018). "Sedins' contributions with Canucks result in King Clancy Memorial Trophy". NHL.
  32. ^ "Jason Zucker named recipient of 2019 King Clancy Memorial Trophy". NHL. June 19, 2019. Retrieved 2019.
  33. ^ Satriano, David (September 6, 2020). "Dumba of Wild wins King Clancy Trophy".
  34. ^ "Predators Goaltender Pekka Rinne Wins 2021 King Clancy Memorial Trophy". Retrieved 2021.

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