VEGAS - The National Hockey League (NHL) tonight announced Minnesota Wild forward Jason Zucker is the recipient of the 2019 King Clancy Memorial Trophy during the 2019 NHL Awards™ presented by Bridgestone at the Mandalay Bay Events Center sports and entertainment complex in Las Vegas, Nev. The King Clancy Memorial Trophy is awarded to the player who best exemplifies leadership qualities on and off the ice and has made a noteworthy humanitarian contribution in his community.
As the recipient of the 2019 King Clancy Memorial Trophy, the National Hockey League Foundation will donate $40,000 to the Zucker Family Suite and Broadcast Studio at the University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital.
Zucker and his wife Carly began a campaign in 2017-18 to raise funds for the Zucker Family Suite and Broadcast Studio at the University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital in Minneapolis, growing out of the couple's special relationship with the hospital and its patients. The #GIVE16 campaign started with a $160,000 donation by the Zucker's and has raised over $1.2 million. The Zucker Family Suite and Broadcast Studio opened on March 25, 2019 and allows children and their families to watch Wild games in a setting that simulates the experience of being at the game. It also serves as a state-of-the-art broadcast studio.
As a way to give back to the community and supporters of the Zucker Family Suite and Broadcast Studio, the Zucker's partnered with the Minnesota Wild and local companies to host GIVE16 Suite Night on Nov. 21, 2018. The Zucker's filled 16 suites with non-profits, charitable organizations and community groups for a special night at a Wild game. Jason partnered with St. Paul clothing brand UNRL to co-design custom hats for each of the last 16 games of the 2018-19 season. The GIVE16 and UNRL partnership led to a $16,000 donation to the Zucker Family Suite and Broadcast Studio as over 2,000 hats and apparel items were sold. Jason also served as a team ambassador for the NHL's Hockey Is For Everyone initiative this season.
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Zucker becomes the third player in team history to win a voted-on NHL Award, joining goaltenders Devan Dubnyk , the 2015 Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy recipient and Josh Harding, the 2013 Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy recipient.
Oliver Ekman-Larsson and Henrik Lundqvist were the other finalists for the 2019 King Clancy Memorial Trophy. A committee of senior NHL executives led by Commissioner Gary Bettman and Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly selected the winner. Zucker was also a finalist for the 2018 King Clancy Memorial Trophy.
The trophy was presented in 1988 by the National Hockey League Board of Governors in honor of Frank "King" Clancy, a beloved figure in the NHL for decades as a player, referee, coach, manager and goodwill ambassador. A three-time Stanley Cup champion and 1958 inductee to the Hockey Hall of Fame, Clancy was voted as one of the 100 Greatest NHL Players during the League's Centennial Celebration in 2017.