The National Hockey League announced today, the 31 Team Nominees for 2018-19 King Clancy Memorial Trophy and Flyers captain Claude Giroux has been chosen as the Flyers nominee.
The Trophy is awarded "to the player who best exemplifies leadership qualities on and off the ice and has made a noteworthy humanitarian contribution in his community." and is selected by a committee of senior NHL executives led by Commissioner Gary Bettman and Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly.
Giroux's accomplishments on the ice are well noted - he led the team in scoring with 85 points in 82 games, which was his seventh time in his 11-year career he has led the Flyers in scoring and fifth time he has averaged over a point per-game. He was also named to the NHL All-Star team for the sixth time in his career.
Off the ice, Giroux donates his suite at the Wells Fargo Center every Flyers home game to a Philadelphia area, non-profit organization. He has been an ambassador to the Make-A-wish Foundation during his career, and through his foundation (the Claude Giroux Foundation), he hosts charity events which supports the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, as well as meet & greets following Flyers home games.
The selection committee will apply the following criteria in determining the finalists, which will be announced on Apr. 23, and winner of the King Clancy Memorial Trophy, which will be announced on June 19 in Las Vegas, NV.
- 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