Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist is one of three finalists for the King Clancy Award, which 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 other finalists are Oliver Ekman-Larsson and Jason Zucker.
Per the NHL press release, the winner will receive a $40,000 donation from the National Hockey League Foundation to benefit a charity or charities of his choice. The two runners-up each will get a $5,000 donation. More details:
Lundqvist and his wife, Therese, founded the Henrik Lundqvist Foundation (HLF). They have raised more than $2.5 million to benefit four partners; Together for Better, New York Presbyterian Children’s Hospital, Ronald McDonald House, and Garden of Dreams Foundation, as well as the foundation’s own program, the HLF Young Ambassador Program. Lundqvist has served as spokesperson for Garden of Dreams since 2009, and his support and involvement has helped the program raise $467,000. HLF has given grants and made commitments of nearly $1 million in support of children’s health and education. The 37-year-old goalie has raised more than $18,000 for Hockey Fights Cancer and more than $2,900 for Hockey is for Everyone through donations of signed memorabilia.
All this on top of many other things Lundqvist does for the community. As the face of the Rangers organization for the past 15 years, both on and off the ice, this would be a well deserved honor.