NHL Announces King Clancy Memorial Trophy Finalists

The NHL announced the finalists for the King Clancy Memorial Trophy and they include Ryan Getzlaf of the Anaheim Ducks, New Jersey Devils defenseman P.K Subban and Edmonton Oilers defenseman Darnell Nurse.

The award is handed out after all 32 teams had a nominee with these three players making the final ballot. The King Clancy Memorial trophy is handed out annually to the player who best exemplifies leadership qualities on and off the ice and someone who has made a significant humanitarian contribution to the community.

Getzlaf, Subban and Nurse made the final ballot after being chosen by a committee of NHL executives led by commissioner Gary Bettman and deputy commissioner Bill Daly. It feels like Getzlaf is the favorite here as he's now retired from the league and has done so much for hockey in California, not just in Anaheim. He runs numerous programs in the area including Lear to Play and a charity golf event to benefit children with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.

As for the defensemen, Nurse does a ton of the community in Edmonton including aiding in a variety of initiatives focused on providing marginalized youth a chance to play sports in a safe environment. The Oilers d-man is also an ambassador for Right to Play and recently created a scholarship program for his alma mater in Hamilton, ON. Subban on the other hand is a regular for this award as this is the third year in a row he's made the final ballot. Subban turned some heads recently by providing donations to Ukrainian cancer patients and expanded his Blueline Buddies program. Whoever wins will follow former Nashville Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne who won the award last season.

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