Today, the NHL started to announce the finalists for some of the awards that are to be handed out for the 2018-19 season. One of these awards, the King Clancy Memorial Trophy, required each team to submit a nominee. The Red Wings named Jimmy Howard as their 2018-19 nominee.
— Detroit Red Wings (@DetroitRedWings) April 17, 2019
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.
The criteria for the award are as follows:
– Clear and measurable positive impact on the community
– Investment of time and resources
– Commitment to a particular cause or community
– Commitment to the League’s community initiatives (Hockey is for Everyone, Hockey Fights Cancer, Future Goals, Learn to Play, NHL Green, etc.)
– Creativity of programming
– Use of influence; engagement of others
The winner is selected by a committee of senior NHL executives, led by Gary Bettman and Bill Daly. Next week, the league will announce three finalists for the award.
At 35-years-old, Howard has been a Red Wing his entire career. He is a clear leader on the Red Wings roster, as shown in his persistence on the ice, consistent positive soundbites, and willingness to answer to the media on behalf of his team.
In terms of his humanitarian efforts, Howard has established the Jimmy Howard Foundation, whose mission is “to support, benefit, and promote the research of and treatment and cures for various diseases, including but not limited to, arthritis and cancer”. The foundation aims to help fund research, support local families that have been affected by life-threatening illnesses, and assist families in the costs of treatment, bills, and transportation.
For more information on the Jimmy Howard Foundation, visit their website at jimmyhowardfoundation.org.