NHL Foundation Player Award

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NHL Foundation Player Award
Sport Ice hockey
Given for NHL player who applies the core values of hockey—commitment, perseverance and teamwork—to enrich the lives of people in his community
First award 1997–98 NHL season
Final award 2016–17 NHL season

The NHL Foundation Player Award was awarded annually to the National Hockey League (NHL) player "who applies the core values of (ice) hockey—commitment, perseverance and teamwork—to enrich the lives of people in his community".[1] The winner is given a grant of US$ 25,000 to help causes that the winner supports.[2] Many players have been awarded as a result of large charitable contributions to their community. For instance, Vincent Lecavalier received the award in 2008 for committing US $3 million to build The Vincent Lecavalier Pediatric Cancer and Blood Disorder Center at All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg, Florida.[1]

Fifteen players won the NHL Foundation Player Award during its exsitence. Kelly Chase was awarded the inaugural NHL Foundation Player Award in 1998.[3] No player has ever won the award twice. The Buffalo Sabres, Calgary Flames and the Detroit Red Wings are the only teams to have been represented twice by winners. The award is closely related to the King Clancy Memorial Trophy, as both are awarded to a player who has made a significant humanitarian contribution to his community.[4] German Olaf Kolzig, Swede Henrik Zetterberg and Americans Ryan Miller and Dustin Brown are the only non-Canadian winners, while Ron Francis and Joe Sakic are the only winners to have been elected into the Hockey Hall of Fame.[5]

The award was discontinued for the 2017–18 NHL season, with the associated charitable donation being redirected towards the King Clancy Memorial Trophy.[6]


Ron Francis won the award in 2002.
Trevor Linden won the award in 2008.
* Denotes player who are still active
Elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame
Season Winner Nationality Position Team Note
1997–98 Chase, KellyKelly Chase  Canada Right Wing St. Louis Blues [3]
1998–99 Ray, RobRob Ray  Canada Right Wing Buffalo Sabres [7]
1999–2000 Graves, AdamAdam Graves  Canada Left Wing New York Rangers [8]
2000–01 Kolzig, OlafOlaf Kolzig  Germany Goaltender Washington Capitals [9]
2001–02 Francis, RonRon Francis  Canada Center Carolina Hurricanes [10]
2002–03 McCarty, DarrenDarren McCarty  Canada Right Wing Detroit Red Wings [2]
2003–04 Iginla, JaromeJarome Iginla  Canada Right Wing Calgary Flames [11]
2004–05[a] Season canceled
2005–06 Turco, MartyMarty Turco  Canada Goaltender Dallas Stars [12]
2006–07 Sakic, JoeJoe Sakic  Canada Center Colorado Avalanche [13]
2007–08[b] Lecavalier, VincentVincent Lecavalier  Canada Center Tampa Bay Lightning [1]
Linden, TrevorTrevor Linden  Canada Right Wing Vancouver Canucks [1]
2008–09 Nash, RickRick Nash*  Canada Left Wing Columbus Blue Jackets [14]
2009–10 Miller, RyanRyan Miller*  United States Goaltender Buffalo Sabres [15]
2010–11 Brown, DustinDustin Brown*  United States Right Wing Los Angeles Kings [15]
2011–12 Fisher, MikeMike Fisher  Canada Centre Nashville Predators [16]
2012–13 Zetterberg, HenrikHenrik Zetterberg*  Sweden Centre Detroit Red Wings
2013–14 Bergeron, PatricePatrice Bergeron*  Canada Centre Boston Bruins
2014–15 Burns, BrentBrent Burns*  Canada Defenceman San Jose Sharks
2015–16 Giordano, MarkMark Giordano*  Canada Defenceman Calgary Flames
2016–17 Hamonic, TravisTravis Hamonic*  Canada Defenceman New York Islanders


  1. ^ a b c d "Vincent Lecavalier and Trevor Linden Receive NHL Foundation Player Award for Outstanding Community Service". NHL.com. 2008-05-22. Archived from the original on 2008-05-29. Retrieved 2008-05-22. 
  2. ^ a b Associated Press (2003-05-27). "Wings' McCarty wins charity award". Sporting News. Retrieved 2009-02-15. [permanent dead link]
  3. ^ a b Elliott, Helen (2000-02-29). "McSorley incident leaves questions but few answers". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2009-02-15. 
  4. ^ "King Clancy Memorial Trophy". Hockey Hall of Fame. Archived from the original on 2008-09-21. Retrieved 2009-02-15. 
  5. ^ "Players by Induction Year". Hockey Hall of Fame. Archived from the original on 2009-02-18. Retrieved 2009-02-15. 
  6. ^ "NHL Announces 31 Team Nominees for King Clancy Trophy". nhl.com. July 7, 2017. 
  7. ^ Associated Press (1999-03-19). "Fast times for junior hockey hopefuls". CNN Sports Illustrated. Archived from the original on 2012-02-16. Retrieved 2009-02-15. 
  8. ^ Cerny, Jim (2009-01-27). "Awards were reflection of Graves' character". New York Rangers. Archived from the original on 2009-01-30. Retrieved 2009-02-15. 
  9. ^ "Olie Kolzig awarded King Clancy Memorial Trophy". Washington Capitals. 2006-06-23. Archived from the original on 2011-07-26. Retrieved 2009-02-15. 
  10. ^ Associated Press (2002-05-17). "Carolina's Francis wins community service award". Sporting News. Retrieved 2009-02-15. [permanent dead link]
  11. ^ The Canadian Press (2004-06-11). "Lightning's St. Louis is NHL MVP". CBC Sports. Retrieved 2009-02-15. 
  12. ^ Heika, Mike (2006-10-31). "Stars' Turco saves time for charities". The Dallas Morning News. Retrieved 2009-02-15. 
  13. ^ Dater, Adrian (2007-10-16). "Sakic's generosity prompts more giving". The Denver Post. Retrieved 2009-01-15. 
  14. ^ "Columbus Blue Jackets Captain Rick Nash Named Recipient of 2008-09 NHL Foundation Player Award". Columbus Blue Jackets. 2009-06-18. Archived from the original on 2009-06-21. Retrieved 2009-06-18. 
  15. ^ a b "NHL Foundation Award". NHL.com. Retrieved 2011-06-23. 
  16. ^ "Preds Forward Mike Fisher Receives NHL Foundation Player Award For Outstanding Charitable And Community Work". 
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