The New York Islanders organization is proud to announce captain Bill Guerin as its nominee for the 2007-08 King Clancy Memorial Trophy, awarded to a player who exemplifies leadership qualities on and off the ice and has made a noteworthy humanitarian contribution in the community.
"It's a great honor to be nominated for such a prestigious award," said Guerin, who was picked by a team vote. "Despite a disappointing finish to the season, my family and I had a wonderful time on Long Island and we look forward to continuing to serve the community as best as we can."
In 2007-08, Guerin showed his dedication and leadership not just on the ice, but off the ice in the community as well. On the ice, Guerin showed his dedication to the NHL, along with his longevity in the game when he skated in his 1,100th game on March 21 at New Jersey. On October 18 at Washington, Guerin notched his ninth career hat trick, becoming the first player to record a hat trick with six different NHL teams. When he recorded his 20th goal of the season on March 20, Guerin became just the second player in NHL history to record 20 or more goals with the six NHL teams.
"Congratulations to Bill on his nomination," said GM Garth Snow. "As our captain, Billy was exactly what we were hoping for and more when we signed him in the off-season. Everyone in the organization appreciated his commitment to the team this season."
Over the course of his illustrious career, Guerin has won the Stanley Cup with the New Jersey Devils in 1995, been named to three NHL all-star teams (2001, 2003, 2004) and one Second All-Star Team honors. In addition, he has also contributed on the international stage skating in various world competitions in a Team USA jersey, including the 2006 Winter Olympic Games in Torino. This was his first season as an NHL captain.
The Islanders pride themselves as a team heavily involved in the surrounding Long Island community. At the heart of the 2007-08 season’s community efforts has been Guerin, the consummate professional and humanitarian.
Guerin has been an active member of the Long Island community since his signing. On his first day in an Islanders uniform, Guerin launched one of the Islanders' cornerstone initiatives, RexCorp Islanders Inspire, a program aimed at providing free tickets and transportation for kids to the Nassau Coliseum to enjoy an Islanders game. Between Guerin, his teammates and other sponsors, over 12,000 Long Island children in need were able to attend an NHL game this season.
Guerin and his wife, Kara also spearheaded the Christmas season shopping efforts for the Islanders Children’s Foundation. On December 10, with $6,000 in hand, through donations from both players and the foundation, Guerin, the players and their wives shopped at Toys ‘R’ Us for the upcoming Islanders' hospital visits.
Throughout the season, Guerin has shown time and again the leadership qualities of a true captain. Whether it's encouraging his teammates to participate in more community events or taking the extra time to sign a few more autographs, Guerin has been there all season long for his team, the organization and the community. When he arrived on Long Island to begin the season, Guerin paid a visit to the team's executive offices, introduced himself to each Islanders employee and bought the office lunch as a thank you for welcoming him and his family into the community.
In just his first season with the Islanders, Guerin has proven to be one of the finest captains in Islanders history by his actions on and off the ice. The Islanders are pleased to recognize Bill Guerin as this season's King Clancy Memorial Trophy nominee.
The King Clancy Award will be announced at the NHL Awards Ceremony on Thursday, June 12 in Toronto. The event will be aired live on VERSUS.