The Montreal Canadiens tapped forward Max Pacioretty for their team captaincy at the start of the 2015-16 season after spending a year running exclusively with alternates, and he’s had to serve as the team leader in the face of a tough, uphill season for the organization this year.
That may be why he was nominated by his teammates for the King Clancy Memorial Trophy for the 2015-16 season, even if the nomination is a bit surprising.
Pacioretty certainly isn’t the only player on the Canadiens who deserves a nod for the award, which is given to the player who “best exemplifies leadership qualities on and off the ice and who has made a significant humanitarian contribution to his community”. There’s blue liner P.K. Subban, who won the Canadiens’ Jean Beliveau Trophy for his humanitarian work at the Montreal Children’s Hospital this year (which included a $10 million donation). There’s also Carey Price, who was nominated for the King Clancy last year and does significant philanthropy work for First Nations youths and small town BC.
This year, though, the nomination goes to the team captain. Per the official press release, here’s the reason why:
“In 2011, following his recovery from a severe concussion and broken vertebra during a hockey game that sidelined him for several games, Max Pacioretty teamed up with the Montreal General Hospital Foundation to establish the Max Pacioretty Foundation to support the traumatic brain injury project and help purchase a state-of-the-art advanced High Performance MRI machine for the Hospital, with the objective of raising $3.5 million.
Each donation through the Montreal General Hospital Foundation is personally recognized by Max Pacioretty. Over and above his personal commitment to his foundation, Max generously contributed to fundraising efforts of the Montreal Canadiens Children’s Foundation and took an active part in the team’s various charitable endeavours.”