Subban One of Three King Clancy Finalists

According to Amanda Stein on the “Inside the Devils Blog,” Devils’ defenseman PK Subban is a finalist for the King Clancy Award, “given to a player ‘who best exemplifies leadership qualities on and off the ice and who has made a significant humanitarian contribution to his community.’”

Former Devil Kurtis Gabriel, now of the San Jose Sharks and Predators’ goalie Pekka Rinne are the other two finalists.

Stein mentions that Subban “expanded his Blueline Buddies program to incorporate healthcare workers who have been on the front-lines of the Covid-19 pandemic. Subban worked around the pandemic and inability to host fans in person to take his program virtual to make sure he was still connecting with the New Jersey community, particularly in this time of need.”

As in past years, as when he started the program in Nashville, it also linked “members of law enforcement with New Jersey’s youth.” Subban was also a finalist for this award last year as well according to Stein.

Stein reports that the winner of the King Clancy Memorial Trophy will also “receive a $25,000 donation to benefit the charity or charities of his choice.” The runners-up will receive $5,000 for the same purpose.

The NHL Awards will not be a show this year, but rather, Stein says, the awards winners “will be revealed during the Stanley Cup Semifinals and Stanley Cup Final, with further details to follow.”

Congratulations to PK Subban for this great honor. He was the Devils’ nominee last year but came up short to Mat Dumba of the Minnesota Wild. Good luck to him as the awards are announced, he certainly deserves it.

Subban is Devils’ King Clancy Nominee

It is almost NHL Awards season and the Devils have made their choice for nominee for the King Clancy Memorial Trophy.

According to Catherine Bogart of the “Inside the Devils Blog” on the Devils’ official app, that nominee is PK Subban.

The trophy goes annually “to the NHL player who best exemplifies leadership qualities on and off the ice, and who has made a significant humanitarian contribution to his community.”

The Devils defenseman has been very philanthropic throughout his career. From his work with the Montreal Children’s Hospital to founding the PK Subban Foundation in 2014 while with the Canadiens to the Blueline Buddy program started when he was with the Nashville Predators. As Bogart put it: “throughout his 12 seasons in the NHL, he has worked in the greater Newark, Montreal and Nashville communities.”

He brought the Blueline Buddies – a program designed to bring kids from the inner city and pair them with a community police officer to help foster trust and communication between the police and kids who may not be in a position to trust them – to Newark when he became a member of the Devils in 2019.

He worked with the program digitally this year, as in-person hosting was not an option. He virtually held video conference meetings with the Blueline Buddies program members as well as “members of the medical community, front-line workers and those who have served their communities during the COVID-19 pandemic.”

As Bogart mentioned, he “also works to grow the sport of hockey as a role model for others.”

Subban said: “It’s about having an influence on kids who look like me coming up through the sport. Giving them that hope, in seeing where I’ve come from and where I am today. I feel I have the power to change lives through the sport and connect with people through this program and beyond. That’s really important to me especially given the current climate.”

Congratulations to PK Subban on this honor. The NHL Awards show will take place in June.