SAN JOSE, CA - The San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) announced today that defenseman Brenden Dillon (@BDillon04) has been nominated for the 2019 King Clancy Memorial Trophy. The award is given annually to the National Hockey League player who best exemplifies leadership qualities on and off the ice and who has made a significant humanitarian contribution to his community.
The winner is chosen by select members of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association and the NHL Broadcasters' Association. This is the first time that Dillon has been nominated for the award.
The 28-year-old is in his fifth season with the San Jose Sharks and has been the face of the Sharks Foundation's Stick To Fitness program since its inception during the 2014-15 season.
Stick To Fitness is a healthy living assembly program sponsored by Kaiser Permanente that focuses on encouraging fifth and sixth grade students to implement the "5-2-1-0 method" into their lives by eating five fruits and vegetables, limiting screen time to two hours, exercising for an hour, and drinking zero sugary drinks each day. At each assembly, Dillon speaks with the students about his career and his healthy habits, while teaching exercises that students use during their six-week street hockey PE curriculum following each visit. Dillon has completed over 25 Stick To Fitness visits, and dedicated over 30 hours to the program.
Brenden's passion for educating students on healthy living transcends both teams and NHL markets. Prior to becoming the face of the Sharks' Stick to Fitness Program, Dillon was also the face of the Dallas Stars' Fitness Stars program, which began in 2013.
In addition to taking on the responsibilities of the Stick to Fitness program, Dillon has also become a staple during the Sharks Foundation's Blacktop Resurfacing projects. The Sharks Foundation (@SharksCare) in partnership with Kaiser Permanente and the Good Tidings Foundation, completes one to two annual blacktop resurfacing projects, providing local schools and after school centers with a teal-top street hockey court. Brenden attends each project's ribbon cutting, where he teaches the students the basics of street hockey and has become such a vital part of each project that his autograph is now printed onto the courts.
The six-foot-four, 225-pound native of New Westminster, British Columbia, has consistently dedicated his time to educating students on healthy living and wellness programming. He has participated in the Sharks Special Olympics Floor Hockey Game for the past two years, completed a hospital visit to Kaiser Permanente Santa Clara, and attended Sharks Foundation events including Tank Tailgate, Holiday Assist, and Sampling with The Sharks.
Some of the contributions include:
- Stick to Fitness: 42,500 students in the Bay Area exposed to the sport of street hockey. At each assembly, $921 worth of street hockey gear donated, amounting to $9,219 annually. Over five years: 50 sets of gear have been donated to 50 schools, totaling $46,095 donated by the Sharks Foundation.
- Blacktop Resurfacing: Estimated annual impact is 800 kids (400 per school), $921 worth of gear is donated to each center
- Holiday Assist: Estimated total give of $4,000
- Sampling with the Sharks: Past live auction dinner package went for $6,000
- Participated in the Special Olympics Northern California Floor Hockey Program
On the ice, Dillon finished the regular season with a career high in assists (21) and tied his career high in points (22). He led the Sharks in plus/minus (+19), hits (202), and ranked fourth in blocked shots (78).