The Kings players on Thursday voted Sean O'Donnell as the club's 2008-09 King Clancy Memorial Trophy nominee.
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The King Clancy is awarded annually to the NHL player who "best exemplifies leadership qualities on and off the ice and has made a contribution to his community."
"Sean is exactly what you are looking for in a veteran player, I thought he has played very well for us," Kings President and General Manager Dean Lombardi said. "As an older veteran, he logged a lot of ice time and gave us a lot of quality minutes. But the biggest thing with OD is the character. You couldn’t have a better guy in terms of what you want your younger players to aspire to. He is still there protecting them when needs be. I can’t say enough about him in terms of the character and what he brings to the room."
Each club selects a nominee as voted by his fellow players and the final selections will be made by a special panel of judges appointed by the Commissioner of the League.
O’Donnell, 37, has played in all 66 games with the Kings this season and has 10 points (all assists) and 61 penalty minutes. The 6-2, 230-pound native of Ottawa was acquired by the Kings from the Ducks on Sept. 30 for a conditional draft selection in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. He had previously played for the Kings from 1995-2000, and he currently ranks eighth (447) on the Kings’ all-time list for games played by a defenseman and his 860 penalty minutes rank fifth all-time among defensemen. O’Donnell also leads all Kings in consecutive games played with a streak of 175.
The only King to win the King Clancy Award was Dave Taylor in 1990-91. Check out all of the Kings Award winners.
The Clancy Trophy was presented to the National Hockey League by the Board of Governors in 1988 to honor the late Frank "King" Clancy.