Sidney Crosby has been announced as the Penguins’ nominee for the King Clancy trophy. From the NHL:
The National Hockey League today announced the 31 team nominees for the 2020-21 King Clancy Memorial Trophy, which is presented “to the player who best exemplifies leadership qualities on and off the ice and has made a noteworthy humanitarian contribution in his community.”
The nominees were selected by their respective NHL teams. The winner will be chosen by a committee of senior NHL executives led by Commissioner Gary Bettman and Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly. The selection committee will apply the following criteria in determining the finalists and winne
* 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 first-place finisher will receive a $25,000 donation to benefit a charity or charities of his choice. The two runners-up each will receive a $5,000 donation to benefit a charity or charities of their choice.
No one with the Penguins has ever won this award (which seems a bit odd given all the success and good work of the Mario Lemieux Foundation) but Jason Zucker did win this in 2018-19 when with the Wild. Other King Clancy winners that have once been associated with the Pens include Bryan Trottier, Ron Francis and Andrew Ference.
Crosby was also the Pittsburgh nominee last year, with Matt Dumba getting the honor of winning.
The Pens’ captain started the Sidney Crosby Foundation with the mission of “proudly supporting charities that improve the lives of disadvantaged children.” One of the program’s biggest yearly events is outfitting and sponsoring thousands of kids to get free hockey gear and get involved in learn to play programs as part of the Sidney Crosby Little Penguins.
NBC recently highlighted the initiative as part of their recent “Hockey day in America”