The Dallas Stars announced today that forward Vernon Fiddler has been voted by his teammates as 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."
Fiddler, 34, just completed his 12th NHL season and his fourth with the Dallas Stars. As a result of his sister passing away from Leukemia at the age of eight, Fiddler has been involved with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) as a way to honor her memory while giving back to the North Texas community. At every Stars home game during the season, Fiddler donated four tickets to LLS and at the conclusion of the game, he meets with his guests outside of the Stars locker room for autographs and pictures.
Fiddler also participated in the Second Annual Community Chest Charity Alumni Game on March 15 at American Airlines Center following the Dallas Stars game against the St. Louis Blues. For the second consecutive season, he served as a head coach in the charity hockey game which featured former Dallas Stars and St. Louis Blues players, along with local youth hockey players who helped raise funds for the Community Chest. The proceeds from the game benefited Defending The Blue Line and the future needs of the hockey community in Texas.
Along with his partnership with LLS and participating in the Community Chest Charity Alumni Game, Fiddler supported the Dallas Stars Foundation throughout the season in numerous other ways including:
•Fiddler and his wife Chrissy, along with their children, participated in the LLS Light The Night Walk with members of the Dallas Stars staff.
•He will serve as the Honorary Chair for the third straight year at the Links For Leukemia Golf Tournament.
•Participated in a holiday party for Jonathan's Place, a local foster care facility in North Texas, at the Stars practice facility. After practice, Fiddler signed autographs and skated with the kids on the team's practice ice.
•Participated in the team's annual visit to Children's Medical Center.
The Edmonton, Alta. native recorded 29 points (13-16=29) in 80 games with the Stars during the 2014-15 campaign, posting a career-high in goals (13) and his highest single season point total since 2009-10.