The San Jose Sharks today announced that forward Manny Malhotra has been voted by his teammates as the team’s nominee for the King Clancy Award. The King Clancy Award is an annual award given "to the player in the league that best exemplifies leadership qualities both on-and off-the-ice and has made a noteworthy humanitarian contribution in his community."
Malhotra, 29, is playing in his first season with San Jose and his 11th NHL season. A leader on and off the ice, Malhotra has set the bar with his tireless off-ice commitments to the community. Assisting The Sharks Foundation, which offers unique resources and financial support to organizations that enhance the lives of the local youth, Malhotra has participated in many community events over the course of the 2009-10 season.
Some of Malhotra’s activities in the past years include:
Provision of autographed items to many local youth-related causes (fundraising initiatives)
- Always quick to attend meet-and-greets with children following games
- Participated in the Sharks Foundation Golf Classic
- Helped to organize the Haiti Relief Fund “Jersey’s Off Our Backs” auction which raised over $14,000
- Participated in two visits to the Valley Medical Center Pediatrics Unit, including delivering “beanie” knit caps to hospitalized children
- Visiting Sharks Ice Youth Hockey League practices and games to answer questions and sign autographs for young hockey player
- The Sharks Foundation Holiday Adoption Party
This year, Malhotra had an outstanding season with a career-high 14 goals. His 33 points finished just two behind his career-high of 35 set last season and he led the Sharks with a 62.5 faceoff percentage. The forward played in his 700th career NHL game March 31 at Dallas.
Malhotra was signed by San Jose as a free agent on Sep. 23, 2009.