CALGARY - Flames captain Mark Giordano has been named the team's 2019 nominee for the King Clancy Memorial Trophy.
The annual award is given to the player who "best exemplifies leadership qualities on and off the ice and has made a noteworthy humanitarian contribution in his community."
The nominees were selected by their respective NHL clubs. The winner will be selected 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 of the King Clancy Memorial Trophy:
- 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 (Hockey is for Everyone, Hockey Fights Cancer, Future Goals, Learn to Play, NHL Green, etc.)
- Creativity of programming
- Use of influence; engagement of others
The three finalists for the King Clancy Memorial Trophy will be announced on Tuesday, April 23, and the winner will be revealed at the 2019 NHL Awards™ presented by Bridgestone on Wednesday, June 19 at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. The first-place finisher will receive a $40,000 donation from the National Hockey League Foundation to benefit a charity or charities of the winner's choice and the two runners-up will each receive a $5,000 donation from the National Hockey League Foundation to benefit a charity or charities of their choice.
In addition to working alongside the Flames Foundation on a number of programs and initiatives, Giordano and his wife Lauren also run a charitable program of their own. The Team Giordano program, in partnership with the Calgary Board of Education (CBE), provides resources to four low-income Calgary schools to assist in meeting student needs and support personal development. Funded by the Giordanos, the Flames Foundation and the Calgary Italian Open Charity Golf Tournament, the schools are provided new computers, floor hockey equipment, school supplies along with student mentorship opportunities developed and supported by Mark and Lauren. Since its inception, Team Gio has donated $400,000 to its four schools, impacting the lives of 1,900 students.
In recognition of his community efforts, Giordano has received numerous awards including the NHL Foundation Player Award in 2016 and the Muhammad Ali Sports Humanitarian Award at the ESPN Sports Humanitarian of the Year Awards in 2017.