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