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Flames nominate Mikael Backlund for the King Clancy Memorial Trophy

Calgary Flames forward Mikael Backlund has been named one of the 32 nominees for the King Clancy Memorial Trophy.

Each of the National Hockey League’s 32 teams selected a nominee for the award, which is presented annually “to the player who best exemplifies leadership qualities on and off the ice and has made a noteworthy humanitarian contribution in his community.”

A selection committee of NHL executives — led by commissioner Gary Bettman and deputy commissioner Bill Daly — will select a winner and two additional finalists. The first-place finisher will receive $25,000 to donate to a charity of his choice, while the two finalists will both have $5,000 donations made on their behalf.

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Three members of the Flames have previously won the Clancy:

  • 1988: Lanny McDonald was named the first recipient of the award for his past charitable work in Toronto and Calgary.
  • 1995: Joe Nieuwendyk won the award in recognition of his excellence as Flames captain and his leadership in the team’s charitable and humanitarian initiatives.
  • 2004: Jarome Iginla received the award for his involvement in the Flames’ community programs and for donating $1,000 to charity for each goal he scored.

The King Clancy Memorial Trophy was first awarded in 1988 in honour of the legendary Toronto Maple Leafs defenceman-turned-executive, who died in 1986. It was most recently presented to Nashville Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne after the 2020–21 season.

The 2022 NHL Awards ceremony will be held between Games 3 and 4 of the Stanley Cup Final in the city that hosts those two matches.

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