NHL Foundation Player Award
|Given for||NHL player who applies the core values of hockey—commitment, perseverance and teamwork—to enrich the lives of people in his community|
|First award||1997–98 NHL season|
|Most recent||Mark Giordano|
The NHL Foundation Player Award is awarded annually to the National Hockey League (NHL) player "who applies the core values of (ice) hockey—commitment, perseverance and teamwork—to enrich the lives of people in his community". The winner is given a grant of US$ 25,000 to help causes that the winner supports. Many players have been awarded as a result of large charitable contributions to their community. For instance, Vincent Lecavalier received the award in 2008 for committing US $3 million to build The Vincent Lecavalier Pediatric Cancer and Blood Disorder Center at All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg, Florida.
15 players have won the NHL Foundation Player Award since its inception. Kelly Chase was awarded the inaugural NHL Foundation Player Award in 1998. Mark Giordano is the most recent winner of the award. No player has ever won the award twice. The Buffalo Sabres and the Detroit Red Wings are the only two teams to have been represented twice by winners. The award is closely related to the King Clancy Memorial Trophy, as both are awarded to a player who has made a significant humanitarian contribution to his community. German Olaf Kolzig, Swede Henrik Zetterberg and Americans Ryan Miller and Dustin Brown are the only non-Canadian winners, while Ron Francis and Joe Sakic are the only winners to have been elected into the Hockey Hall of Fame.
|*||Denotes player who are still active|
|†||Elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame|
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