Today, the Hurricanes said Jordan Staal is more than a hockey captain. He’s also an all-around leader.
Staal was selected by his teammates to represent the Hurricanes in King Clancy Memorial Trophy voting for the 2016-2017 season. The award recognizes players who are the best example of leadership on and off the ice, and give back to their communities through humanitarian efforts.
This season, Staal has visited and hosted dozens of families from Triangle-area hospitals, including UNC Children’s Hospital and Duke Children’s Hospital.
His work with local hospitals mirrors the work of the only Hurricanes to win the King Clancy Memorial Trophy: GM Ron Francis. Francis, who won in the 2001-2002 season, also worked with children at Duke Children’s Hospital, creating programs for the kids.
The Hurricanes front office released this press release on the nomination:
JORDAN STAAL NOMINATED FOR KING CLANCY TROPHY
Center has hosted 40 families from local cancer organizations this season
The Carolina Hurricanes today announced that center Jordan Staal has been selected by his teammates as the team’s nominee for the 2016-17 King Clancy Memorial Trophy. The award honors the player who best exemplifies leadership qualities on and off the ice and has made a noteworthy humanitarian contribution in his community.
Staal, 28, this season hosted 40 families from UNC Children’s Hospital, Duke Children’s Hospital and local cancer organizations in a suite at Hurricanes home games. The Thunder Bay, Ont., native provided each family with 12 tickets in a luxury suite, VIP parking, food and beverage and Staal Family Foundation t-shirts.
One of the Hurricanes captains, Staal ranks fifth on the team in scoring with 43 points (16g, 27a) in 73 games this season. He leads all Hurricanes forwards in ice time per game (18:37) and ranks fourth among all NHL skaters in face-off win percentage (59.1%). Pittsburgh’s first-round selection, second overall, in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft, Staal has totaled 434 points (187g, 247a) in 762 career games with the Penguins and Hurricanes.
Each NHL team nominates one player for the King Clancy Trophy, and the winner is selected by voters from the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association and NHL Broadcasters’ Association. The trophy is presented as part of the 2017 NHL Awards in June.