SAN JOSE, California
- The San Jose Sharks today announced that forward Joe Pavelski
has been voted by his teammates as the club’s nominee for the National Hockey League’s King Clancy Memorial Trophy. The King Clancy Memorial Trophy 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."
Pavelski, 27, is in his sixth NHL season – all with San Jose. A leader on and off the ice, Pavelski 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, Pavelski has participated in many community events over the course of the 2011-12 season.
Some of Pavelski’s activities over the past year include:
- Fulfilled the Christmas wish list of an underprivileged San Jose family at the Sharks Foundation’s annual Holiday Assist Party, which offered help and holiday cheer to 42 families this season.
- Participated in the inaugural Sharks Foundation “Sharks and Strikes” bowling tournament, which raised $33,000 for the Sharks Foundation’s “Sharks Pediatric Clinic at VHC Tully.”
- Participated in a post-game meet and greet with young members of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society on Hockey Fights Cancer Awareness Night
- Raised $5,500 for the Sharks Foundation by auctioning off a golf outing with himself at the annual “Sampling with the Sharks” event. In total, the annual event raised over $100,000 for charity
- Utilized his golfing skills to set the mark for “Beat the Shark” (closest to the pin challenge) in the Sharks Foundation’s annual Golf Classic, which raised over $100,000 for charity (setting a fundraising record for the event).
- Provision of autographed items to many youth-related causes (fundraising initiatives)
- Always quick to attend meet and greets with children following games
- Serves as Co-Captain for the Sharks FINatical Kids Club
This is the second-straight King Clancy Memorial Trophy nomination for Pavelski. Last season, Pavelski – who is also the team’s NHLPA representative – contributed a large portion of the cost of the street hockey court at underserved Franklin Elementary School in San Jose and was the team spokesperson for “Hockey For Huggies” in addition to assisting with several other charitable causes.
On the ice this season, Pavelski reached the thirty-goal mark for the first time in his NHL career with 31 goals (tied for first on the team) and also chipped in 30 assists. The Plover, WI. native achieved a career-best plus-18 rating in 2011-12 and has been a plus player in all six of his NHL seasons. He was third in the League in faceoff percentage (58.7%) and tied for sixth in road plus/minus (+13). Additionally, he was 16th in the League in shots (269), sixth among League forwards in blocked shots (84), and tenth in takeaways (73). Pavelski won the Sharks PlayStation “Three Stars of the Game” Award, which represents the number of times a player was named as one of the three stars of each game.
Pavelski was originally selected by San Jose in the seventh round (205th overall) of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft.