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NHL Foundation Player Award
Established 1997–98 NHL season
Current holder(s) Rick Nash
Awarded to the NHL player who applies the core values of hockey—commitment, perseverance and teamwork—to enrich the lives of people in his community

The NHL Foundation Player Award is 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] The recipient of the NHL Foundation Player Award is decided by a panel that consists of NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman and NHL executives Pat Flatley, Bernadette Mansur and Kenneth Martin, Jr.[1] 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]

Eleven players have won the NHL Foundation Player Award since its inception. Kelly Chase was awarded the inaugural NHL Foundation Player Award in 1998.[3] Vincent Lecavalier and Trevor Linden are the most recent winners of the award and are the only players to have won the award in the same season.[1] No player has ever won the award twice, nor has any team 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] Only three of the eleven NHL Foundation Player Award winners—Darren McCarty, Marty Turco, and Joe Sakic—have failed to win the King Clancy Memorial Trophy at least once in his career.[5] German Olaf Kolzig is the only non-Canadian winner, and Ron Francis is the only winner to have been elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame.[6]


Ron Francis won the award in 2002.
Trevor Linden won the award in 2008.
* Denotes player who is 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 Centre 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]
2005–06 Turco, MartyMarty Turco*  Canada Goaltender Dallas Stars [12]
2006–07 Sakic, JoeJoe Sakic  Canada Centre Colorado Avalanche [13]
2007–08[b] Lecavalier, VincentVincent Lecavalier*  Canada Centre Tampa Bay Lightning [1]
2007–08[b] Linden, TrevorTrevor Linden  Canada Right wing Vancouver Canucks [1]
2008–09 Nash, RickRick Nash*  Canada Left wing Columbus Blue Jackets [14]



  1. ^ a b c d e f "Vincent Lecavalier and Trevor Linden Receive NHL Foundation Player Award for Outstanding Community Service". 2008-05-22. Retrieved 2008-05-22.  
  2. ^ a b Associated Press (2003-05-27). "Wings' McCarty wins charity award". Sporting News. Retrieved 2009-02-15.  
  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. Retrieved 2009-02-15.  
  5. ^ "King Clancy Memorial Trophy winners". Hockey Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2009-02-15.  
  6. ^ "Players by Induction Year". Hockey Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2009-02-15.  
  7. ^ Associated Press (1999-03-19). "Fast times for junior hockey hopefuls". CNN Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 2009-02-15.  
  8. ^ Cerny, Jim (2009-01-27). "Awards were reflection of Graves' character". New York Rangers. Retrieved 2009-02-15.  
  9. ^ "Olie Kolzig awarded King Clancy Memorial Trophy". Washington Capitals. 2006-06-23. Retrieved 2009-02-15.  
  10. ^ Associated Press (2002-05-17). "Carolina's Francis wins community service award". Sporting News. Retrieved 2009-02-15.  
  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. Retrieved 2009-06-18.  


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