Kurtis Gabriel, Pekka Rinne and P.K. Subban have been named the finalists for the 2021 King Clancy Memorial Trophy, presented to the player “who best exemplifies leadership qualities on and off the ice and has made a noteworthy humanitarian contribution in his community.”
During his first season with the San Jose Sharks in 2020-21, Gabriel emerged as a devoted advocate for the LGBTQ+ community. The Newmarket, Ont., native provided support for San Jose’s LGBTQ Youth Space by donating a custom designed, game-worn skate featuring the Pride flag colours and the message “Love is Love” — the skate was auctioned by the Sharks Foundation and raised $1,600. Gabriel also auctioned off a custom pair of skates in support of racial justice — featuring the messages “BLM” and “Hope, Empathy, Change” — set to be auctioned off for the Sharks Foundation’s Juneteenth auction in support of a diversity-focused non-profit. Gabriel has also provided continued support for organizations like You Can Play, the African American Community Service Agency, Las Lomitas Education Foundation, Housing Industry Foundation, San Jose Firefighters Burn Foundation and Girls on the Run Silicon Valley.
Rinne has long been committed to supporting the community in Tennessee during his time with the Nashville Predators. Since establishing the 365 Pediatric Cancer Fund in 2012-13, alongside former teammate Shea Weber, Rinne has helped raise over $3 million for cancer research at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. The veteran netminder also works regularly with Best Buddies (a non-profit advocating for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities), Make-A-Wish, the Peterson Foundation for Parkinson’s (which raises awareness for the effects of Parkinson’s disease) as well as a number of other initiatives.
Subban, who was similarly named a King Clancy finalist last year and now earns his third overall nomination, has a well-established commitment to supporting the communities in which he’s played over the course of his career, through his P.K. Subban Foundation. During his time in New Jersey, Subban has continued his Blueline Buddies program, which connects police officers in Newark with youth from the area in the hope of fostering an improved relationship between the two groups. Over the course of the 2020-21 season, as the NHL navigated the pandemic, Subban also provided support for frontline workers and the medical community in support of their continued fight against COVID-19.