Hurricanes captain Jordan Staal is the team’s nominee for the King Clancy Memorial Trophy for the 2019-20 season. The award is presented annually to a player who invests time and resources, makes a clear and obvious positive impact on the community, commits to a particular cause or community, commits to the league’s community initiatives and uses creative programming and influence to engage others, according to the NHL. Staal was also the team’s nominee after the 2016-17 season.
Staal finished the 2019-20 season with eight goals and 27 points in 68 games played. It was also his first season as the team’s sole captain after Justin Williams took a break from the game at the start of the season. Staal has worn a letter every season since joining the team prior to the 2012-13 season; he was an alternate from 2012-2017 and served as a co-captain with Justin Faulk during the 2017-18 before reverting to an alternate in 2018-19.
Staal, in conjunction with his brothers (including former Hurricanes Eric Staal and Jared Staal) started the Staal Family Foundation in 2012. The foundation is a non-profit charitable fund that supports children and families battling cancer.
Each Hurricanes season, Jordan and his wife Heather provide the family of a child fighting cancer with a 12-person luxury seat at each Hurricanes home game, which includes Staal Family Foundation t-shirts for the children.
The three finalists for the 2019-20 King Clancy award will be revealed in early August. The winner, selected by Gary Bettman, Bill Daly and a committee of senior NHL executives, will be revealed during the conference finals of the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs.