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Lupul nominated for King Clancy Memorial Trophy

by Chris Lund / Toronto Maple Leafs

The Toronto Maple Leafs' nominee for the 2014-15 King Clancy Memorial Trophy is Joffrey Lupul.

The trophy is awarded to the player who deemed to best exemplify "leadership qualities on and off the ice" and "has made a noteworthy humanitarian contribution in his community." A winner is selected from 30 nominees each year by select members of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association and NHL Broadcasters' Association.

Lupul, an alternate captain, was named the Leafs nominee by his teammates following his fifth season with the team. He was named the Citizen Maple Leafs' Community MVP in January for his contributions to the community.

His Lupe's Troops initiative has recognized a member of the Canadian Forces at every Leafs home game for the past three season. Lupul donates a pair of tickets for every home game, jerseys and food to Canadian Forces members. They are introduced to the crowd at Air Canada Centre and recognized for their contributions. They are also presented with a commemorative jersey by a Maple Leafs alumnus. The program is an annual commitment of over $15,000.

As a member of the Leafs, Lupul was a team representative at many events. These include Canadian Armed Forces Appreciation night, the Maple Leafs visit to Sick Kids Hospital, the Leafs and Legends Charity Golf Tournament in support of the MLSE Foundation, the MLSE Player's Gala in support of the Regent Park Athletic Grounds project and the Merry Go Round Mixer in support of Kids, Cops and Computers.

Beyond his work as a member of the Maple Leafs, Lupul provides support for many initiatives. He holds his annual 'Joffrey Lupul and Friends Charity Golf Classic' in Edmonton which supports Change for Children, a local Edmonton charity that supports access to water globally, and North Saskatchewan Riverkeeper, a local water body preservation group.

He is also a spokesperson for Fort Saskatchewan Kidsport, hosted a fundraiser for the True Patriot Love Foundation and raised funds for the Remix Project in support of disadvantaged Toronto youth. He also contributed to the Canadian Cancer Society's Fearless Challenge.

There are many connections between the Maple Leafs and the award. King Clancy, the trophy's namesake, played 286 games for the Maple Leafs from 1930-37 and won a Stanley Cup with the club in 1932. He also held roles with the Maple Leafs as head coach, assistant General Manager and club ambassador. He entered the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1958.

Curtis Joseph is the only Maple Leaf to win the award to-date. He earned the honour in 2000.

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