ARLINGTON, V.A. — The Washington Capitals have nominated Garnet Hathaway for the King Clancy Memorial Trophy for the second straight season.
The King Clancy is awarded annually “to the player who best exemplifies leadership qualities on and off the ice and has made a noteworthy humanitarian contribution in his community.” It was first presented in 1988 in honor of Frank “King” Clancy, a three-time Stanley Cup champion and Hall of Famer who served as a player, referee, coach, manager and goodwill ambassador during his tenure in the league.
Each NHL team can nominate one player. Commissioner Gary Bettman and deputy commissioner Billy Daly, along with a committee of senior NHL executives, select the winner. The committee applies the following criteria: 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 initiatives, creativity of programming and use of influence; engagement of others.
The winner will receive a $25,000 donation to benefit charities of their choice. The two runner-ups each receive a $5,000 donation.
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During his tenure with the Capitals, Hathaway has worked to give back to first responders in the Washington, D.C. community. Hathaway and his wife, Lindsey, launched “Hath’s Heroes” back in 2019. He was inspired by his great-grandfather, who served as a firefighter in Winnipeg.
Over the course of the 2021-22 season, Hath’s Heroes teamed up for multiple initiatives across the DMV to give back. Hathaway’s initiative also collaborated to provide training for first responders to learn mindfulness and better handle work-based trauma. In addition, Hath’s Heroes also launched a co-branded shop with the Capitals, with proceeds benefitting Baltimore City firefighters.
Hath’s Heroes also launched its first-ever Hath’s Heroes of the Year Award. The award honors local first responders for “going above and beyond in serving their local communities.” The recipients receive tickets to a game, a signed Hathaway jersey, four Hat’s Heroes pucks and a meet and greet with No. 21. Hath’s Heroes hosted the Frederick Fire Department back in December 2021.
Since 2019, Hath’s Heroes has donated more than 5,000 meals to first responders and their families. The initiative has also donated over 400 lunches to D.C. firehouses and contributed auction items to benefit the D.C. Burn Foundation.
Not only has Hathaway done tremendous work in the community, but the Maine native had a career year with 14 goals and 12 assists in 76 outings.