EDMONTON, AB - Edmonton Oilers forward and alternate captain Leon Draisaitl has been named the Oilers nominee for the 2019-20 King Clancy Memorial Trophy, awarded to the player who best exemplifies leadership qualities on and off the ice and has made a noteworthy humanitarian contribution in his community.
Draisaitl made several notable contributions to the community and the Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation (EOCF) this season. He actively served as 2019 Co-Chair for WE Day Alberta, an event hosted in 15 cities across the world that celebrates young people and educators who have made a positive social impact.
He also led and hosted a youth rally in Edmonton for WE Scare Hunger, a service-based campaign that provides young people with the tools to combat food security issues in their local communities. With the help of Draisaitl and the local Edmonton community, the initiative collected more than 17,000 lbs. of food for Edmonton's Food Bank.
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"Leon has made an immediate impact in the Edmonton community as an engaged and active member with the EOCF, serving as a community leader and strong ambassador for many of our Foundation's programs," said Natalie Minckler, EOCF Executive Director. "Leon is a strong advocate for youth education and development, as well as health and wellness causes in which he expressed an Interest in supporting from an early stage in his career."
Draisaitl also served as a captain for Allendale School in the 2019-20 Hockey Helps Kids program, marking the third consecutive year he has participated as a school captain. Since 2015, Hockey Helps Kids brings together local schools, charities and the Edmonton Oilers to raise funds for local non-profit organizations and engage youth in a friendly competition for a cause. Draisaitl helped Allendale School earn $10,000 for the Mental Health Foundation and CASA Child, Adolescent and Family Mental Health.
The 31 nominees across the league were selected by their respective NHL teams. The winner will be chosen by a committee of senior NHL executives led by Commissioner Gary Bettman and Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly.
The three finalists for the 2019-20 King Clancy Memorial Trophy will be announced in early August. The winner will be revealed during the 2020 Conference Finals, with the exact date, format and time to be determined.
The first-place finisher will receive a $25,000 donation from the National Hockey League Foundation to benefit a charity or charities of his choice. The two runners-up each will receive a $5,000 donation from the National Hockey League Foundation to benefit a charity or charities of their choice.