The NHL announced the three finalists for the King Clancy Memorial Trophy this afternoon. Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist joins Minnesota defendsman Matt Dumba and New Jersey Devils defenseman P.K. Subban as the three in line to receive the award. The King Clancy Trophy is awarded to the player “who best exemplifies leadership qualities both on and off the ice and has made a noteworthy humanitarian contribution in his community.” There were nominees from all thirty one teams and the finalists were chosen by a committee of senior executives from the NHL.
Matt Dumba (@mnwild), Henrik Lundqvist (@NYRangers) and P.K. Subban (@NJDevils) are the three finalists for the 2019-20 King Clancy Memorial Trophy. https://t.co/Wod6DeSa4H #NHLAwards pic.twitter.com/aL76TL3wJN— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) August 14, 2020
Matt Dumba’s consistent and powerful messages protesting against racial injustices and structural racism that permeates society, and hockey especially, have been a focal point as the NHL returned to play. Dumba notably took a knee during the national anthems before an Edmonton Oilers and Chicago Blackhawks Qualifying Round game after giving a rousing speech and consistently raised a fist in protest during the anthems before every game the Minnesota Wild played in the Qualifying Round. Dumba also co-founded the Hockey Diversity Alliance during the pause and established the Rebuild Minnesota fund to help small businesses impacted by the protests against police brutality sparked by the murder of George Floyd.
Henrik and Therese Lundqvist established the Henrik Lundqvist Foundation in 2014 and since then have raised more than $3 million dollars which benefits a variety of charites and organizations both here in New York and Henrik’s native Sweden. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Henrik through the HLF donated $100,000 to various relief funds to help New Yorkers affected in various ways by COVID-19, providing almost 70,000 meals and helped around 8,000 children and families in need.
Much like Matt Dumba, P.K. Subban stood up against racial injustices by donating $50,000 to the daughter of George Floyd which sparked more athletes across the sporting world to kick in and raise $1.5 million for Floyd’s family in the wake of his murder. Subban continues to support children around the world through his P.K. Subban Foundation and his $10 million donation to the Montreal Children’s Hospital. P.K. also created the Subban Defense League which helps brings hockey to kids of all socio-economic backgrounds and raised over $500,000 in one week in 2019.