NEW YORK — Nashville Predators goalkeeper Pekka Rinne has won the King Clancy Memorial Trophy, which annually honors an NHL player for leading on and off the ice with humanitarian work.
The league announced Monday night that the National Hockey League Foundation is giving Rinne $25,000 to donate to a charity or charities. New Jersey Devils defender PK Subban and San Jose Sharks forward Kurtis Gabriel were finalists, each receiving $5,000 to donate.
38-year-old Rinne has racked up 369 wins since his debut in the 2005-06 season. The three-time NHL All-Star won the Vezina Trophy in 2018 as the league’s top goalkeeper.
His charitable work includes forming — along with former teammate Shea Weber — the 365 Pediatric Cancer Fund that raises money for cancer research at the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt.
Rinne also has an affiliation with Best Buddies, a non-profit organization that advocates for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The Finnish player also supports Make-A-Wish and the Peterson Foundation for Parkinson’s, and he was part of charitable initiatives during the COVID-19 pandemic.
NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman and Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly led a committee of senior league managers who chose the winner after each team nominated a player for the award.