NHL announces 31 team nominees for King Clancy Memorial Trophy

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Winnipeg Jets' Blake Wheeler, centre, celebrates his goal with teammates Mark Scheifele, left, and Josh Morrissey against the Vancouver Canucks, in Vancouver, B.C., Monday, March 22, 2021. (Darryl Dyck/CP)

The NHL announced the 31 team nominees for the 2020-21 King Clancy Memorial Trophy on Tuesday.

The trophy is awarded annually “to the player who best exemplifies leadership qualities on and off the ice and has made a noteworthy humanitarian contribution in his community” and the nominees were selected by their respective NHL teams.

The nominees of the seven Canadian teams are: Mikael Backlund, Kyle Turris, Jonathan Drouin, Thomas Chabot, John Tavares, Tyler Motte and Blake Wheeler.

A committee of senior NHL executives led by commissioner Gary Bettman and deputy commissioner Bill Daly will use the below criteria to select the three finalists and eventual winner.

• Clear and measurable positive impact on the community
• Investment of time and resources
• Commitment to a particular cause or community
• Commitment to the League’s community initiatives
• Creativity of programming
• Use of influence; engagement of others

The winner of the King Clancy Memorial Trophy will receive a $25,000 donation to a charity of his choice while the runners-up each will receive a $5,000 donation.

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