Patrice Bergeron has been nominated for the King Clancy Memorial Trophy, the NHL announced on Monday. The award is given annually “to the player who best exemplifies leadership qualities on and off the ice and has made noteworthy humanitarian contribution to the community.”
The 31 nominees received selection from their respective teams. The winner will be selected by a committee of senior NHL executives. It will be led by NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman and Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly.
The selection committee will apply certain criteria to determine the three finalists and eventual winner. Clear and measurable positive impact on the community, investment of time and resources, commitment to a particular cause or community, commitment to the League’s community initiative, creativity of programming and use of influence will be evaluated.
The winner, per the league, will receive a $25,000 donation from the National Hockey League Foundation to benefit a charity or charities of their choice. The two runners-up, meanwhile, will each receive a $5,000 donation.
Patrice Bergeron stepped up this past spring as protests rose up across the world in the fight for justice and social equality. He donated $25,000 to the Boston NAACP chapter and $25,000 to the Centre Multiethnique de Quebec.
Bergeron has already won the King Clancy Memorial Trophy during his career. He is the most recent Bruins player to take home the honor, winning it after the 2012-13 season. Prior that, Dave Poulin (1992-93) and Ray Bourque (1991-92) won the award for the Bruins.
Earlier this summer, Bergeron was also nominated for the Selke Trophy. It’s the ninth straight season he has been a finalist for that award. The three King Clancy Memorial Trophy finalists will be announced in early August.