On Tuesday afternoon, the National Hockey League announced its 32 nominees for the King Clancy Memorial Trophy which is presented “to the player who best exemplifies leadership qualities on and off the ice and has made a noteworthy humanitarian contribution in his community.” Each nominee is selected by their NHL club and the winner will be voted on by senior NHL executives that is led by Commissioner Gary Bettman and Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly. The nominee selected by the NY Islanders is Captain Anders Lee.
The criteria to determine the winner of the award is 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
* Creativity of programming
* Use of influence; engagement of others
The winner of the award will receive a $25,000 donation to benefit a charity or charities of his choice. The two runners-up each will receive a $5,000 donation to benefit a charity or charities of their choice.
Lee has been involved with the Jam Kancer in the Kan Foundation since 2016, a foundation that is "committed to raising funds for families affected by a “kancer” diagnosis by bringing groups of people together to participate in “Kancer Jam” fundraising events." Their first event raised $14,296 and have raised $1,800,000 across 35 events to date, plenty of which Lee has been involved with.
Lee has served as the Islanders captain since the 2018-19 season.
This is Lee's fifth nomination for the King Clancy Memorial Trophy in the last six seasons.