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Preds Name Rinne Nominee for King Clancy Memorial Trophy

Nashville Goaltender One of 31 Finalists for Annual Honor

by Zach Gilchriest @PredsNHL /

Nashville Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne has been tapped as the team's nominee for the 2019 King Clancy Memorial Trophy, an award recognizing "the player who best exemplifies leadership qualities on and off the ice and has made a noteworthy humanitarian contribution in his community."

While the Preds squad certainly overflows with potential nominees year after year, Rinne's work with the 365 Pediatric Cancer Fund made him the clear choice for the 2018-19 season.

Launched during the 2013-14 season, the 365 Pediatric Cancer Fund presented by Twice Daily is an initiative from the Nashville Predators Foundation and Rinne that works with Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt to raise funds and awareness for cancer research.

Additionally, the 365 Fund coordinates with the Preds to host events and opportunities for the hospital's young patrons and their families to get up close and personal with Smashville hockey.

Speaking at a 365 Fund event in October, Rinne said he was glad to be part of such a noble cause.

"Any time you have an opportunity to come here and see the kids, and not only the kids, but their families, you can feel that maybe two minutes makes their day a little bit better," Rinne said. "You get to see a few smiles, and you can't even imagine what some of these families and kids are going through."

The three finalists for the King Clancy will be announced on Tuesday, with the winner revealed at the 2019 NHL Awards presented by Bridgestone on June 19 at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas.

While the first-place recipient receives a $40,000 donation from the National Hockey League Foundation to benefit a charity or charities of the winner's choice, 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 as well.

The 2018-19 King Clancy Memorial Trophy nominees are:

Anaheim Ducks: Cam Fowler

Arizona Coyotes: Oliver Ekman-Larsson

Boston Bruins: Zdeno Chara

Buffalo Sabres: Jack Eichel

Calgary Flames: Mark Giordano

Carolina Hurricanes: Justin Faulk

Chicago Blackhawks: Corey Crawford

Colorado Avalanche: Gabriel Landeskog

Columbus Blue Jackets: Nick Foligno

Dallas Stars: John Klingberg

Detroit Red Wings: Jimmy Howard

Edmonton Oilers: Leon Draisaitl

Florida Panthers: Roberto Luongo

Los Angeles Kings: Tyler Toffoli

Minnesota Wild: Jason Zucker

Montreal Canadiens: Max Domi

Nashville Predators: Pekka Rinne

New Jersey Devils: Kyle Palmieri

New York Islanders: Anders Lee

New York Rangers: Henrik Lundqvist

Ottawa Senators: Mark Borowiecki

Philadelphia Flyers: Claude Giroux

Pittsburgh Penguins: Matt Murray

San Jose Sharks: Brenden Dillon

St. Louis Blues: Ryan O'Reilly

Tampa Bay Lightning: Ryan Callahan

Toronto Maple Leafs: Zach Hyman

Vancouver Canucks: Alexander Edler

Vegas Golden Knights: Deryk Engelland

Washington Capitals: Tom Wilson

Winnipeg Jets: Bryan Little

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