Mark Giordano of the Calgary Flames, Matt Martin of the New York Islanders and P.K. Subban of the Montreal Canadiens were named finalists for the NHL Foundation Player Award, which is presented to "an NHL player who applies the core values of hockey -- commitment, perseverance and teamwork -- to enrich the lives of people in his community."
NHL clubs submitted nominations for the award, and the finalists were selected by a judging panel. The NHL Foundation will present $25,000 to the chosen charitable organization of this year's recipient.
The trophy will be presented during the 2016 NHL Awards at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas on June 22.
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Giordano, the Flames' captain, has spent the past two seasons teaming with his wife and the Calgary Board of Education to create a unique community program called Team Giordano, which provides resources to four low-income Calgary schools. Funding from Team Giordano supports the purchase of computers, journals and other school supplies as well as floor hockey equipment. Students in the program are encouraged to achieve their goals using the "5 G's" Giordano believes are the keys to success. Since its inception, Team Giordano has donated $200,000 to its four schools, impacting the lives of 1,400 students.
Martin, in his seventh season as a forward with the Islanders, has spent the past six years working with various organizations focused on children and the military. Last summer he created the Matt Martin Foundation in order to continue raising awareness and funding for the causes closest to him. Those include, among others, the NYPD Widows' and Children's Fund, the Boomer Esiason Foundation for Cystic Fibrosis, ACDS, Defending the Blue Line and the Islanders Children's Foundation. The inaugural year of the Matt Martin Foundation raised more than $75,000 for these charities.
Subban, in his seventh season as a defenseman with the Canadiens, announced in September 2015 a $10 million pledge over a seven-year period to the Montreal Children's Hospital Foundation (MCHF). Committed to leaving a legacy on the ice and in the community, Subban chose to focus his philanthropic efforts on helping sick children as well as their families. That has resulted in more than $800,000 of fundraising for MCHF through several activities and the support of the P.K. Subban Foundation during the 2015-16 season. Subban, using his gregarious personality and far-reaching social media presence, has employed various initiatives to engage the community and raise awareness about those causes nearest to him.