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Pekka Rinne is now the proud owner of another Predators franchise first.
The goaltender, who received the 2021 King Clancy Memorial Trophy on Monday night, is now the only player in Preds history to be honored with two different NHL awards.
Rinne's first accolade came in 2018 when he captured the Vezina Trophy as the League's top netminder, and now he's been recognized for his work on and off the ice with the Clancy.
Including Rinne, the Predators have had six players receive NHL awards, and when General Manager David Poile is added to the equation, Nashville has had a member of the organization take home an award in six consecutive years.
"After spending 15 years with the same organization and in the same city, and with the opportunities I've had through local charities in my community - this is very special to me," Rinne said. "At the same time, I was to congratulate P.K. [Subban] and Kurtis [Gabriel] on their nomination and for everything they do for their communities. I want to thank the Predators and the Predators Foundation for letting us players get involved and help in our community. I also want to recognize Shea Weber, who helped start the 365 Fund with me. This award means a lot to me and my family, and it's a huge honor."
The first NHL award winner in team history was former forward Steve Sullivan who won the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy in 2009, an honor given to the NHL player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey. Former Captain Mike Fisher was given the NHL Player Foundation Award in 2012, which honors the player who applies the core values of hockey - commitment, perseverance and teamwork - to enrich the lives of people in his community.
Former Captain Shea Weber started the current streak of Preds award winners in 2016 when he received the Mark Messier NHL Leadership Award, presented to the player who exemplifies great leadership qualities to his team, on and off the ice, during the regular season.
Poile was honored with the Jim Gregory General Manager of the Year Award in 2017 after Nashville's run to the 2017 Stanley Cup Final, and Rinne's Vezina win came one year later in 2018. Former forward Wayne Simmonds, who was acquired by Nashville from Philadelphia at the 2019 Trade Deadline took home the Messier Leadership Award on that occasion.
Preds Captain Roman Josi had his day last year when he received the James Norris Memorial Trophy, awarded to the defense player who demonstrates throughout the season the greatest all-around ability in the position, and Rinne's honor in 2021 is the latest addition to the trophy case.
Rinne has been Nashville's nominee for the Clancy Award in each of the past three seasons, and in addition to his win in 2018, the goaltender has also been a finalist for the Vezina on three other occasions as well.
Forsberg Pops the Question:
Filip Forsberg's offseason is off to an engaging start.
The Predators forward - along with his now fiancée, Erin Alvey - shared the happy news of their engagement over the weekend on social media.
"Forever forever… thank you for all the messages, it means the world! Exciting times ahead," Forsberg said on Instagram.
Congratulations to Fil and Erin!
Look Back with Preds Season Recap Video:
On the ice - and, of course, off the ice - the 2020-21 Predators campaign won't be forgotten anytime soon.
From the midseason turnaround that saw the Preds clinch a playoff berth for the seventh consecutive year while continuing to impact the Nashville community despite all of the challenges faced, there was plenty to be proud of over the past six months.
As we look ahead to a bright future, take one more journey back with another season in the record books.
Video: Preds recap challenging 2020-21 season, thank fans
Sign Up for Preds Blood Drive with the American Red Cross:
Preds fans helped to save more than 10,000 lives in 2020, and you can continue to raise that number in 2021.
The Nashville Predators have once again teamed up with the American Red Cross to host blood drives all over the region this week, now through June 18. All presenting donors will receive a Preds and Red Cross branded foam puck and be entered to win a Preds and Red Cross branded puck signed by a current Preds player.
To make an appointment visit www.redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code Preds19, and click here to learn more about the partnership.
Upcoming Bridgestone Arena Events:
Hockey will return to Bridgestone Arena this fall, but summer events are back at the home of the Preds.
June 19: Happy Hiller USA Cornhole Club Championship, 4 p.m. CT. Click here for tickets.
July 2-3: ALABAMA with very special guest Martina McBride, 50th Anniversary Tour End of Tour Celebration, 7 p.m. CT. Click here for tickets.
Week in Review:
Bridgestone Arena Kicks Off Busy Slate of Events With Rodeo on June 12
Preds Own 18th Overall Pick in 2021 NHL Draft
Preds Foundation Presents Diller Education Awards to Deserving Students
Preds Anticipating Tolvanen, Fabbro to Take Next Step in Upcoming Season
Preds Impressed by Rookies, Looking for Continued Impacts Next Season