Mike Green Named a Finalist for NHL Foundation Player Award
/ Washington Capitals
ARLINGTON, Va. – The National Hockey League announced today that Washington Capitals defenseman is one of three finalists for the NHL Foundation Player Award, which is given to the player who applies the core values of hockey – commitment, perseverance and teamwork – to enrich the live of people in his community. Green joins Dustin Brown from the Los Angeles Kings and Ryan Miller from the Buffalo Sabres as the three finalists.
NHL clubs submitted nominations for the NHL Foundation Player Award and the finalists were selected by a judging panel. The NHL Foundation will present $25,000 to the chosen charitable organization of this year’s recipient. The winner will be announced Wednesday, June 23, during the 2010 NHL Awards that will be broadcast live from the Pearl Concert Theater inside the Palms Hotel Las Vegas on VERSUS in the United States and on CBC in Canada. This is Green’s second award nomination this season as he is also a finalist for the Norris Trophy, given to top defenseman in the league.
Green could become the second Capital to win the award since Olie Kolzig won it in 2001. Green has been a participant in Miracle on Seventh Street, hosted by the Rock Bottom Foundation, since 2006. He wasn’t content simply donating his time on Christmas and Thanksgiving Day, so in 2007 he decided to also work with the Children’s Law Center’s Adopt a Family Christmas Drive to adopt a Washington, D.C., family and to provide them with gifts during the holidays. In 2008 and 2009, Green partnered with Quality Trust for Individuals with Disabilities Family EMPOWERment Center, allowing him to deliver gifts to his adopted family in person and to spend part of the day with them. His actions led to the Capitals organization adopting 25 families in 2009 through the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree Program.
Green is also the co-founder of So Kids Can, a fundraising initiative that benefits a different youth-focused non-profit organization each year. He donates $100 for every goal he scores and $50 for each assist and the figures are doubled during the Stanley Cup Playoffs. In last year’s inaugural season, So Kids Can raised nearly $30,000 for Pediatric Prosthetics, Inc., an organization that helps families throughout the U.S. that have children who have lost a limb or have a congenital limb deficiency. The Washington, D.C., community has embraced the charity as well. During the summer of 2009, Papa John’s promotional campaign raised $45,000 before the season even started for this year’s selected organization, Children’s National Medical Center. Green serves as a sports ambassador for The Children’s Inn at the National Institute of Health to help raise funds and awareness for the organization, which serves as a home for families with children who are seriously ill. Through his Green’s Gang initiative, he donates seven tickets to every Capitals home game to soldiers and their families or to children who would otherwise be unable to attend.