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Capitals’ Tom Wilson Nominated For King Clancy Memorial Trophy



Capitals forward Tom Wilson

Tom Wilson’s impact reaches further than just on the ice.

The Washington Capitals winger is the team’s nominee for the 2022-23 King Clancy Memorial Trophy, the team and the NHL announced Tuesday.

The trophy, awarded annually by the league since the 1987-88 season, goes “to the player who best exemplifies leadership qualities on and off the ice and has made a noteworthy humanitarian contribution in his community,” according to a press release.

Wilson, 29, created 43’s Friends in 2018 to provide Capitals tickets and meet and greet opportunities for kids waiting to have wishes granted by Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic. The organization later expanded to include families affiliated with the United Heroes League, a non-profit aimed at keeping children in military families active in sports.

Last season, Wilson volunteered for Wolf Trap Animal Rescue and supported several all-team programs, such as Hockey Fights Cancer, a hospital visit and more, according to a press release.

Additionally, Wilson participated in the presentation of an adaptive bike to an 8-year-old community member, participated in the unveiling of an art piece as part of a wish and played a major role in a meet and greet experience as part of Dream on 3.

It’s the second time Wilson has been nominated for the award.

Olaf Kolzig, awarded the trophy following the 2005-06 season, is the only member of the Washington Capitals to win the award.

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