BK Suban The New Jersey Devils on Tuesday won the King Clancy Cup, presented annually to the player or players who best represent leadership qualities on and off the ice and have made a noteworthy humanitarian contribution to their community.
“It’s always an honor to really get the individual awards in the NHL,” said Suban. “How many great players, and how good these players are at what they do and that includes the things they choose to do off the ice. Being among the award winners is not only the finalists, that is something very special. I am probably more excited to accept this award For my personal team and my organization team. They do a lot of work sometimes when I can’t do the work because of my job and they deserve this award just like Sabah.”
Suban won the award for the first time after reaching the final for the third consecutive season and fourth time overall. He has been committed to racial and social justice, disadvantaged youth, COVID-19 relief and youth hockey. In 2014, while playing for the Montreal Canadiens, he created BK Suban Incorporation In September 2015 he pledged $10 million over seven years to Montreal Children’s Hospital. Subban also founded Blueline Buddies in 2017 while playing for Nashville Predators, a program that aims to bridge the gap between law enforcement and local youth. Host a virtual meet and greet with the participants before every home game this season.
“While you are in Newark and driving to Newark every day and being in this community, you realize that playing with the New Jersey Devils, you are a leader, you are a role model in this community and specifically for the African American community, and I wanted to do something more specific ,” said Suban regarding his Blueline Buddies show.
“Even while doing this, the program expanded in ways (to include other frontline careers) that I would never have imagined. So I came into New Jersey, I entered with an open mind and three years later I’m really excited, really excited about the work I’ve done. … I am happy with the program and the way it was received. The team embraced that with open arms, and I cannot be happy with this result.”
Video: BK Suban awarded the King Clancy’s Memorial Award
In March, Soban donated $1 million to support mental health clinic Le Spot, in Montreal, and donated up to $100,000 to help Ukrainian cancer patients who have accessed life-saving treatment. Finalist for the fourth time (2017-18, 2019-20, 2020-21), Subban has been named co-chair of the 2020 Player Inclusion Committee under the Executive Inclusion Board, which is made up of NHL owners, former players, team and league executives and aims To provide solutions that positively affect groups that are not underrepresented in the game.
Straight from top to bottom… [the Devils have] They were very supportive… I think they like the things we’ve done as a foundation and the message we’re sending,” Soban said. …since I’ve been there, we’ve all been on the same page. It’s been really fun working with the Devils and working with their front office and their team to get involved in events, but also in the joint initiatives that we’re doing with my organization. It was very easy, which is why I am very happy to receive this award. I feel they deserve it.”
Subban received the award by Pekka Rinne, who won last season as Predators goalkeeper. Rinne, a former Nashville-based Subban teammate, retired from the NHL after last season.
Selected by a panel of senior NHL executives led by Commissioner Gary Bettman and Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly, Subban received a $25,000 donation from the National Hockey League for the charity or charities of his choice.
Retired Duck Center Anaheim Ryan Getslav The Edmonton Oilers defenseman nurse darnellThe two runners-up each received a donation of $5,000.
Writer William Douglas, NHL.com team writer contributed to this report