Nashville Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne has been named a finalist for the King Clancy Memorial Trophy for the third consecutive year. Rinne is no stranger to accolades, as he is currently Nashville’s franchise leader in wins and shutouts, a four-time NHL All-Star, and the 2018 Vezina Trophy winner.
The King Clancy Memorial Trophy is not given for performance on the ice. but for “the player who best exemplifies leadership qualities on and off the ice and has made a noteworthy humanitarian contribution in his community.” Rinne has been the face of the Preds for almost a decade, leading the team to a Stanley Cup Final and helping Nashville win the President’s Trophy in 2018. However, he has also done much off the ice to give back to his community.
Most notably, alongside former captain Shea Weber, Rinne formed the 365 Pediatric Cancer Fund, presented by Twice Daily, which raises money and awareness for childhood cancer research at the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. Additionally, Rinne’s commitment to Make-A-Wish, the Peterson Foundation for Parkinson’s, and a number of initiatives throughout the coronavirus pandemic has brought joy and hope to people young and old throughout the community.
A selection committee, led by senior NHL executives, Commissioner Gary Bettman, and Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly have determined the finalists. The winner will possess the following qualities: a clear and measurable positive impact on the community, investment of time and resources, a commitment to a particular cause or community, commitment to the League’s community initiatives, creativity of programming, use of influence, and engagement of others.
The first-place finisher will receive a $25,000 donation to benefit a charity or charities of his choice, while the two runners-up each will receive a $5,000 donation.