defender of devils PK Subban was named one of three NHL finalists for the King Clancy Memorial Trophy, which is awarded to the “player who best exemplifies leadership qualities on and off the ice and who has made an outstanding humanitarian contribution to his community “.
Subban, who is a finalist for the third straight year and fourth overall, has always been deeply involved in the local communities in which he has played, whether in Montreal and Nashville previously, or now in New Jersey, particularly Newark. where the Devils play at the Prudential Center.
Subban started Blueline Buddies to help bridge the gap between law enforcement and underprivileged kids with in-person game day get-togethers. He brought the program from Nashville to Newark. Even with the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, Subban continued the program by hosting these meetings via computer.
In the past, Subban has donated millions of dollars to the Montreal Children’s Hospital and created PK’s Helping Hand, a foundation that provides financial support to families whose children suffer from illnesses. His efforts have included a $10 million pledge to the Montreal Children’s Hospital in 2015 (the largest ever by a Canadian athlete); a donation of $1 million in March for “Le SPOT”, the hospital’s new mental health clinic; and donations for Ukrainian cancer patients who have been uprooted amid their country’s current war. Moreover, he propagated his personal credo to “Changing the Game” speaking out on racial and social justice issues and co-chairing the NHL’s Player Inclusion Committee, which guides initiatives and programs that foster a more inclusive environment for underrepresented hockey players.
Darnell Nurse and Ryan Getzlaf are also among the three finalists for the King Clancy Award. The winner will be chosen by a committee of senior NHL executives led by Commissioner Gary Bettman and Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly.