Anders Lee was announced as the New York Islanders nominee for the King Clancy Memorial Trophy on Wednesday afternoon.
The Islanders' captain was nominated by the team for the King Clancy, which is awarded annually to the player who best exemplifies leadership qualities on and off the ice and has made a noteworthy humanitarian contribution in his community.
For over two years, Lee has partnered with Jam Kancer in the Kan and hosted the Anders Lee Kancer Jam to raise money and awareness to organizations that provide relief and support to families of children affected by cancer. Lee has helped raise over $300K through his three Kancer Jams and recently announced the creation of scholarships for high school students who have helped someone dealing with cancer. The scholarships, as well as the Kancer Jams, are dedicated in the name of the late Fenov Pierre-Louis, who inspired Lee to raise money for pediatric cancer.
Lee's Kan Jam initiative inspired other NHLers like Zach Bogosian of the Buffalo Sabres and Kevin Shattenkirk of the New York Rangers to host their own events.
Two Islanders have won the King Clancy Memorial Trophy in the past. In 1989, Bryan Trottier won the award for his involvement in numerous charities, including the Special Olympics, the Long Island "Just Say No to Drugs" program, and the Make-A-Wish Foundation. In 2011, Doug Weight received the award after using a season-ending back injury as an opportunity to remain involved with his teammates and community.
All 31 clubs nominate a player for the King Clancy. The three finalists will be announced on Tuesday, April 23, and the winner will be revealed at the 2019 NHL Awards on, June 19. 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.
Video: Anders Lee Kancer Jam - The Origin