Jonathan Toews has been named the Blackhawks' nominee for the 2019-20 King Clancy Memorial Trophy, 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 award is named in honor of Frank "King" Clancy, a figure in the League for decades as a player, referee, coach, manager and goodwill ambassador.
Toews' work in the community is highlighted by the Jonathan Toews Foundation, an organization fully funded by Toews personally.
The Foundation is in the third year of its indoor agriculture education program, Tower Garden, in partnership with Green Bronx Machine and Chicago Public Schools. Primarily focused on local schools that do not have access to an outdoor garden, the program has tripled since its inaugural year during the 2017-18 season and now provides 60 classrooms with the Tower Garden curriculum. In recognition of the program, Toews was named one of Chicago Magazine's 2019 "Chicagoans of the Year".
Video: Toews makes an impact in local schools
During the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, Toews committed a $100,000 donation to the Chicago Community COVID-19 Response Fund through the JTF, which along with the Chicago Blackhawks Foundation and its fan donation match initiative, raised $300,000 for the COVID-19 fund.
In June, following the death of George Floyd and the subsequent protests, Toews took a vocal stance against racial injustice that earned league-wide praise for his candor and openness.
In the following weeks, Toews, along with other professional athletes, local youth and Chicago police officers, attended multiple peace circles organized by former Chicago Bear Sam Acho and By the Hand Club for Kids, an after-school program helping children in under-resourced neighborhoods. The group, including Toews and Blackhawks goalie Malcolm Subban, also purchased a liquor store near By the Hand's location and converted it to a grocery store for fresh and healthy options, which will be operated in partnership with the organization and its participating teens.
The King Clancy Memorial Trophy 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 winner:
- 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 three finalists for the 2019-20 King Clancy Memorial Trophy will be announced in early August. The winner will be revealed during the 2020 Conference Finals.
The first-place finisher will receive a $25,000 donation from the National Hockey League Foundation to benefit a charity or charities of his choice. The two runners-up each will receive a $5,000 donation from the National Hockey League Foundation to benefit a charity or charities of their choice.