MONTREAL – The Montreal Canadiens announced on Wednesday that forward Max Pacioretty was selected by his teammates as the team’s nominee for the 2015-16 King Clancy Memorial Trophy. In 2014-15, the Canadiens candidate for this honour was goaltender Carey Price.
Max Pacioretty, 26, was drafted by the Canadiens and spent his entire NHL career in the organization. On September 18, 2015, the New Canaan, Connecticut native became the 29th captain in team history following a vote among his teammates. This honour is a tribute to his leadership skills on the team.
In 2011, following his recovery from a severe concussion and broken vertebra during a hockey game that sidelined him for several games, Max Pacioretty teamed up with the Montreal General Hospital Foundation to establish the Max Pacioretty Foundation to support the traumatic brain injury project and help purchase a state-of-the-art advanced High Performance MRI machine for the Hospital, with the objective of raising $3.5 million.
Each donation through the Montreal General Hospital Foundation is personally recognized by Max Pacioretty. Over and above his personal commitment to his foundation, Max generously contributed to fundraising efforts of the Montreal Canadiens Children’s Foundation and took an active part in the team’s various charitable endeavours.
The Montreal Canadiens captain will now compete with the nominees of the 29 other NHL clubs for the King Clancy Memorial Trophy.
Since it was first introduced back in 1988, the King Clancy Memorial Trophy 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. The nominee is selected from each NHL club by a vote of his fellow players and the final selection is made by a special panel of judges consisting of members of the PHWA and hockey broadcasters at the end of the NHL regular season. The King Clancy Memorial Trophy was presented to the NHL by its board of directors in honour of the late Francis M. “King” Clancy.
Since the King Clancy Memorial Trophy was introduced almost three decades ago, only one representative of the Montreal Canadiens was awarded the trophy, Saku Koivu in 2006-07.