|Ethan Moreau gets his head shaved by volunteers and teammate Andrew Cogliano in support of charity. (photo by Andy Devlin/EOHC)
Edmonton Oilers captain Ethan Moreau has been named this year’s recipient of the King Clancy Memorial Trophy. The award is presented annually to the player who best exemplifies leadership qualities on and off the ice and has made a noteworthy humanitarian contribution in his community.
The presentation was made earlier today at the 2009 NHL Awards Gala at the Pearl Concert Theater, located inside the Palms Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The main focus of Moreau's work in the community has been the Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation’s (EOCF) Inner City High School project. Last year, the EOCF announced plans for a major community project that would leave a lasting legacy in the city -- the re-development of a new Inner City High. The school, which offers troubled youth an academic and arts-based alternative to the traditional school setting, is in need of an upgraded facility.
With Moreau taking on a leadership role, the Oilers, through the Foundation, have taken on the daunting task of building a new facility that will accommodate 150 students - a 125% increase over the current building. It will provide a top-quality educational environment and a residence capable of accommodating a portion of the student population.
During his numerous visits to Inner City High, Moreau has made a unique connection with the students -- connections that have transcended a player's traditional fundraising role. He personally volunteered to become the spokesperson for the Inner City High fundraising campaign, and has gone out of his way to demonstrate to students that they are an integral part of the community. This winter, Moreau presented each student with a new winter coat and movie passes -- for many this was the first time they had owned a new piece of clothing.
As Oilers captain, Moreau has led the charge in the dressing room for two of the Foundation's annual fundraisers:
- Caps for Cancer gives fans the opportunity to purchase an autographed pink or blue Oilers ball cap in support of the battle against cancer. This season, Ethan encouraged the team to sign 400 hats each, which helped raise $250,000 for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation and Kids with Cancer Society.
- For Puck Surprise, Oilers fans purchased 1,500 signed pucks in support of the Make-A-Wish Foundation and The Rainbow Society of Alberta. Combined with the online auction, Moreau helped the Oilers Foundation raise over $70,000.
Ethan Moreau assists with a number of other charities, including the Cystic Fybrosis Foundation, Canadian Cancer Foundation and the United Way Coats For Kids Campaign, and makes a makes a number of visits throughout the year to the Youth Emergency Shelter to drop off new clothing or other items he has purchased to help the shelter meet its needs.
Moreau also makes regular visits to the Stollery Children's Hospital, where Alberta's most fragile children are cared for. In 2008, he and his family accepted the role of Ambassador Family, where they represent the Stollery Children's Hospital Foundation at numerous fundraising and community events throughout the year. These appearances are in addition to the countless hospital visits Ethan personally makes.