Winnipeg Jets captain Blake Wheeler has been named his club’s nominee for the King Clancy Memorial Trophy. The league announced the 31 nominees via press release on Monday afternoon.
— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) July 27, 2020
First awarded in 1987-88, the King Clancy Memorial Trophy 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.”
The three finalists for the award will be announced in early August, with the winner announced during the conference finals. The first-place finisher will receive a $25,000 donation from the National Hockey League Foundation to benefit a charity or charities of his choice. The two runners-up each will receive a $5,000 donation from the National Hockey League Foundation to benefit a charity or charities of their choice.
Wheeler, 33, has been with the Jets since their relocated from Atlanta in 2011. He’s served as their captain since 2016. He was a finalist for the Mark Messier Leadership Award in 2017-18 and has been a major part of the Jets various community initiatives. Kris King won the King Clancy while with the Jets in 1995-96.