Why Doughty is the Kings' King Clancy Memorial Trophy nominee - LA Kings Insider

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The NHL announced on Monday the each club’s nominee for the King Clancy Memorial Trophy, 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.” The only King to have won the award was Dave Taylor in 1991.

In line with the contributions the LA Kings have made to the Ronald McDonald House – the team donated $1 million to the charity following their 2014 Stadium Series game, which helped open a new dining hall and activity center, and has continued to provide assistance through its Pedals for Pucks fundraiser – Doughty has also personally donated and has helped raise funds through his own private endeavors.

For the third year in a row, he raised funds for Camp Ronald McDonald’s Wilderness Outdoor Leadership Program, a program for teens that develops leadership skills by empowering kids to take initiative through team-building activities. For the last two summers, he has hosted the Drew Doughty Ronald McDonald House AAA Invitational and has matched the funds raised by the tournament each year. Half of those funds went directly to Ronald McDonald House, with the other half going to the London Junior Knights to cover the scholarships and costs of high-level minor hockey for families that have trouble affording it.

In addition to his work with Ronald McDonald House, he donates $50,000 each year on tickets for children and their families to attend Kings games, and since his arrival in Los Angeles, has “adopted” families from the Child Abuse Prevention Center during the holidays, supplying 10 families with basic needs and other gifts. This year, he and his fiancé, Nicole, began supporting Schools on Wheels, an organization that provides academic tutoring to children living in shelters, motels, cars, foster homes and those without homes, and purchased suites and catering for those kids so that they were able to experience games at Staples Center for the first time.

Such generosity wasn’t limited to community endeavors; Doughty amassed 50 assists as part of a 60-point season – both were career-highs – and is a finalist for the Norris Trophy for the fourth time in his career.

No NHL player has won the trophy twice, though Henrik Sedin, who was presented with the award in 2016, is part of a joint Henrik-Daniel Sedin bid by the Vancouver Canucks. Each nominee is selected by their NHL club.

On Tuesday, the NHL announced that its three finalists for the Mark Messier Leadership Award – won by Dustin Brown in 2014 – are Wayne Simmonds, Deryk Engelland and Blake Wheeler.

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Adrian Kempe

#9 | 6′ 2″ | 195 lb | Age: 21

Born: September 13, 1996
Birthplace: Kramfors, SWE
Position: LW
Handedness: Left


Kempe was selected by the Kings in the first round (29th overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft.

Alex Iafallo

#19 | 6′ | 185 lb | Age: 23

Born: December 21, 1993
Birthplace: Eden, NY, USA
Position: C
Handedness: Left


Iafallo was signed by the Kings as an unrestricted free agent on April 18, 2017.

Anze Kopitar

#11 | 6′ 3″ | 224 lb | Age: 29

Born: August 24, 1987
Birthplace: Jesenice, SVN
Position: C
Handedness: Left


As the 11th overall pick in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, Kopitar became the first Slovenian to play in the NHL. Kopitar has spent his entire NHL career with the Kings, and following the 2015–16 season, was named the Kings’ captain. Noted for both his offensive and defensive play, Kopitar was awarded the Frank J. Selke Trophy as the best defensive forward in the NHL in 2016.

Drew Doughty

#8 | 6′ 1″ | 195 lb | Age: 26

Born: December 8, 1989
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: D
Handedness: Right


Bio: Doughty is a Canadian defenceman who was selected second overall by the Kings in the 2008 Draft. Doughty made his NHL debut in 2008 as an 18-year-old and was named to the All-Rookie Team. He is a two-time Stanley Cup champion with the Kings, a two-time Olympic gold medallist with the Canadian national team, and a Norris Trophy finalist.

Jeff Carter

#77 | 6′ 4″ | 215 lb | Age: 31

Born: January 1, 1985
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right


Carter began his hockey career playing in the Ontario Hockey League in Canada before joining the AHL and playing for the Philadelphia Flyers. He was then traded to the Colombus Blue jackets before joining the LA Kings in 2012, where he has since won two Stanley Cups with the Kings.

Jonathan Quick

#32 | 6′ 1″ | 218 lb | Age: 30

Born: January 21, 1986
Birthplace: Milford, CT, USA
Position: G
Handedness: Left


Bio: Quick is the current goaltender for the LA Kings and was selected by Los Angeles at the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. Previously, Quick was a silver medalist with USA at the 2010 Winter Olympics. He’s won two Stanley Cup championships with the Kings, along with being the most recent goaltender to be awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs.