COLUMBUS, OHIO – Before tonight’s season finale against the Chicago Blackhawks, the Columbus Blue Jackets presented forward David Clarkson with the club’s 2015-16 “Community MVP” award which recognizes the player who best exemplifies community stewardship. In honor of this commitment, Blue Jackets Majority Owner John P. McConnell and Blue Jackets Vice President of Community Relations Kathryn Dobbs presented Clarkson with the award along with a $5,000 donation from the club’s foundation to his charity of choice, the Boys & Girls Club of Columbus.
During the 2015-16 season, Clarkson invested nearly $200,000 for kids in the central Ohio community. Thanks to his “Clarky’s Clubhouse” suite at Nationwide Arena, more than 550 kids, who may not otherwise have a chance to attend a hockey game, concert or special event, were treated to a memorable experience. Clarkson also actively supported causes such as the Boys & Girls Club of Columbus, Pelotonia and numerous initiatives tied to the Blue Jackets Foundation.
The team has recognized a player for outstanding community service since the 2002-03 season. Past winners are: 2002-03 – Tyler Wright; 2003-04 – Luke Richardson; 2005-06 – Manny Malhotra; 2006-07 – Jody Shelley; 2007-08 – Dan Fritsche; 2008-09 – Rick Nash; 2009-10 – R.J. Umberger; 2010-11 – Jared Boll; 2011-12 – Marc Methot; 2012-13 – Derek MacKenzie; 2013-14 – Derek MacKenzie; 2014-15 – Nick Foligno.