National Hockey League player who best exemplifies leadership qualities on and off the ice and who has made a significant humanitarian contribution in his community
The King Clancy Memorial Trophy is awarded annually to the National Hockey League player who best exemplifies leadership qualities on and off the ice and who has made a significant humanitarian contribution to his community. Since the award was established in 1988, no player has won it more than once, but players from the same team have won it in different years. The winner is chosen by "a special panel of representatives" from the Professional Hockey Writers' Association and the NHL Broadcasters' Association.
No player has won it more than once, but four teams have had more than one player win the award. Three Calgary Flames have won the award, the most of any franchise; the only other franchises that have had more than one winner are the Boston Bruins, the only team with two consecutive awards, the Edmonton Oilers and the New York Islanders.
Teams currently in the Northwest Division have produced the most winners, with seven different players, and a member from every team has won except the Minnesota Wild, which only started to play in the league as an expansion team starting from the 2000–01 season. Teams in the Northeast Division have had the second most players win the trophy, with six players winning and at least one from each team.
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.
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.