FRISCO, Texas -- The Dallas Stars announced today that forward Tyler Seguin was named the club's nominee for the National Hockey League's King Clancy Memorial Trophy. The award is given annually to the NHL player "who best exemplifies leadership qualities on and off the ice and has made a noteworthy humanitarian contribution in his community."
Prior to the start of the 2019-20 season, Seguin began spearheading the team's efforts for the Legacy Project for the 2020 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic. The project, which saw the Dallas Stars Foundation pledge $2 million in April of 2019, was to build a multi-sport athletic complex and provide funding for after-school and summer programming initiatives at the St. Philip's School and Community Center located in South Dallas.
Continuing his work with at-risk youth spanning over the last five years, and in conjunction with the Dallas Stars Foundation and the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation, Seguin donated $50,000 to create the Badges on the Blue Line program. Modeled after the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation's Badges for Baseball program, Badges on the Blue Line pairs at-risk youth with law enforcement mentors who use hockey to teach valuable life skills. With Seguin's help, the pilot program paired students from St. Philip's with members of the Dallas Police Hockey Foundation to help the students learn about teamwork, communication and respect through the game of hockey. In addition to helping implement the pilot program and plan the growth of the program to be introduced on a wider scale, Seguin also hosted students taking part in the program and their families, as well as members of the Dallas Police Hockey Foundation, in a suite at numerous Stars games during the 2019-20 season, meeting with his guests to the locker room for a postgame meet and greet.
In addition to his work on the Badges on the Blue Line program, Seguin also took a leading role on the team's Legacy Project with St. Philip's School and Community Center, donating time and resources to various facets of the project, including donating to and working in St. Phillip's food bank and taking part in several student activities such as ball hockey tournaments. Seguin also aided in support efforts following the disastrous tornado that devastated the Dallas community in October of 2019, helping to head up the team's response and assisted in the sorting of school supplies for kids who were affected by the tragedy. Additionally, following the pause of the 2019-20 regular season due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Seguin was first to donate to financial relief efforts for part-time staff and American Airlines Center employees affected by the stoppage.
On the ice, the native of Brampton, Ont. skated in all 69 of Dallas' games in 2019-20, finishing the regular season ranked first on the squad with 33 assists and 50 points (17-33=50). Seguin finished tied for second in the NHL and led the Stars with a career-high three overtime goals, while he also paced the team with six game-winning goals and ranked fourth with 17 total goals. The forward established a new career high with a 58.2% faceoff win percentage, good for fifth in the League, while also ranking ninth in the NHL with a team-high 245 shots on goal. During the campaign, Seguin logged his 600th career NHL point and skated in his 700th career NHL regular-season game, while he finished the season having recorded 514 points (223-291-514) as a member of the Dallas Stars, moving him into a tie for 10th place in franchise history.