EDMONTON, AB - King Leon, meet King Clancy.
On Wednesday, Oilers forward Leon Draisaitl was named the Oilers nominee for the 2018-19 King Clancy Memorial Trophy, awarded annually in the NHL "to the player who best exemplifies leadership qualities on and off the ice and has made a noteworthy humanitarian contribution in his community."
The three finalists, selected by a committee of senior NHL executives led by Commissioner Gary Bettman and Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly, will be announced on Tuesday, April 23, with the winner to be revealed at the 2019 NHL Awards™ presented by Bridgestone on June 19 at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas.
Draisaitl recorded 50 goals and 55 assists for 105 points for the Oilers this season, playing all 82 games and becoming the 92nd player in League history to eclipse the 50-goal plateau.
Off the ice, the German forward made an eight-year commitment of $150,000 annually in support of local charities, starting with WE in Alberta and Hockey Helps Kids back in September. Over the next eight years, Draisaitl will donate $1.2 million to local charities, with the Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation (EOCF) matching the donations at 50% for a total donation of $1.8 million.
The first-place finisher receives 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.