– Tampa Bay Lightning center Vincent Lecavalier
has been named the winner of the 2008 King Clancy Memorial Trophy. Lecavalier was presented the trophy at the NHL Awards tonight in Toronto.
The King Clancy Memorial Trophy is awarded annually to the National Hockey League player who best exemplifies leadership qualities on and off the ice and who has made a significant humanitarian contribution in his community. The winner is chosen by a special panel of representatives from the Professional Hockey Writers' Association and the NHL Broadcasters' Association.
Lecavalier has made community giving and charitable work a part of his daily life since joining the Lightning a decade ago. In October of 2007, Lecavalier made his largest commitment yet to the Tampa Bay community, announcing a $3 million pledge to construct the Vincent Lecavalier
Pediatric Cancer and Blood Disorders Center at All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg.
“I want to thank my teammates for recognizing my charitable efforts with the foundation,’’ Lecavalier said as he accepted the award. “I also want to commend all the players and the people in hockey who devote a lot of time and money to many causes.’’