Coyotes defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson is the team’s nominee for the 2018-19 King Clancy Memorial Trophy, which is awarded “to the player who best exemplifies leadership qualities on and off the ice and has made a noteworthy humanitarian contribution in his community.”
The 31 nominees were selected by their respective NHL clubs. The winner will be selected 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 winner of the King Clancy Memorial Trophy:
- 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 (Hockey is for Everyone, Hockey Fights Cancer, Future Goals, Learn to Play, NHL Green, etc.)
Creativity of programming
Use of influence; engagement of others
The three finalists for the 2018-19 King Clancy Memorial Trophy will be announced on Tuesday, April 23, and the winner will be revealed at the 2019 NHL Awards Wednesday, June 19 at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas.
The first-place finisher will receive a $40,000 donation from the National Hockey League Foundation to benefit a charity or charities of the winner’s choice and the two runners-up will each receive a $5,000 donation from the National Hockey League Foundation to benefit a charity or charities of their choice.
Ekman-Larsson is heavily involved in volunteering with the local Boys & Girls Club. Last summer, the 26-year old Swede partnered with the Arizona Coyotes Foundation to donate $125,000 to the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Scottsdale. Ekman-Larsson has been named the Coyotes “Man of the Year” for the past three years. The award is for “dedication, commitment and passion for bettering the lives of those in the community.”
No Coyote has ever won the King Clancy Memorial Award since its start in 1988.
On the ice, Ekman-Larsson was named the Coyotes captain this season. He was second on the team with 44 points — behind Clayton Keller’s 47 — and was on the ice more than any other skater. The Coyotes fell four points shy of their first trip to the playoffs since 2012.
Former Coyote Max Domi, now on the Montreal Canadiens, was also nominated for the King Clancy Memorial Award.
Anaheim Ducks: Cam Fowler
Arizona Coyotes: Oliver Ekman-Larsson
Boston Bruins: Zdeno Chara
Buffalo Sabres: Jack Eichel
Calgary Flames: Mark Giordano
Carolina Hurricanes: Justin Faulk
Chicago Blackhawks: Corey Crawford
Colorado Avalanche: Gabriel Landeskog
Columbus Blue Jackets: Nick Foligno
Dallas Stars: John Klingberg
Detroit Red Wings: Jimmy Howard
Edmonton Oilers: Leon Draisaitl
Florida Panthers: Roberto Luongo
Los Angeles Kings: Tyler Toffoli
Minnesota Wild: Jason Zucker
Montreal Canadiens: Max Domi
Nashville Predators: Pekka Rinne
New Jersey Devils: Kyle Palmieri
New York Islanders: Anders Lee
New York Rangers: Henrik Lundqvist
Ottawa Senators: Mark Borowiecki
Philadelphia Flyers: Claude Giroux
Pittsburgh Penguins: Matt Murray
San Jose Sharks: Brenden Dillon
St. Louis Blues: Ryan O’Reilly
Tampa Bay Lightning: Ryan Callahan
Toronto Maple Leafs: Zach Hyman
Vancouver Canucks: Alexander Edler
Vegas Golden Knights: Deryk Engelland
Washington Capitals: Tom Wilson
Winnipeg Jets: Bryan Little
The trophy was presented in 1988 by the National Hockey League Board of Governors in honor of Frank “King” Clancy, a beloved figure in the NHL for decades as a player, referee, coach, manager and goodwill ambassador. A three-time Stanley Cup champion and 1958 inductee to the Hockey Hall of Fame, Clancy was voted as one of the 100 Greatest NHL Players during the League’s Centennial Celebration in 2017.