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Brady Tkachuk Nominated Again for NHL’s Leadership Award, The King Clancy Memorial Trophy

For the second time in four years, Brady Tkachuk is Ottawa’s nominee for the King Clancy Memorial Trophy. The award is presented “to the player who best exemplifies leadership qualities on and off the ice and has made a noteworthy humanitarian contribution in his community.” 


Tkachuk was nominated for the award in 2020 as well, losing out to the winner that year, Minnesota’s Matt Dumba. Thomas Chabot (2021) and Nick Holden (2022) were Ottawa’s nominees in each of the last two years.


Anytime you’re talking about a leadership award, Tkachuk’s name will always be among the first Senator names that spring to mind. The 23-year-old has packed a lot of leadership into his five seasons in Ottawa. On the ice, he’s the guy most likely to drag his team into the fight. 


Off the ice, with each passing year, he gets more and more involved in the community. 

Tkachuk is all-in on several local initiatives, some of them publicized and some of them not, and he’s probably the guy most likely to randomly jump into a game of street hockey with the kids. His acts of thoughtfulness are too many to count.

Earlier this year, Tkachuk threw his support behind BGC Ottawa, starting “Tkachuks Captains.” The new program will award seven members at each of the four BGC Ottawa locations a Senators jersey, adorned with the captain’s C, to champion their own leadership in their day-to-day lives in the community.


The King Clancy Trophy was first awarded in 1988 to honor the late Francis M. “King” Clancy, who was basically the 1920s version of Tkachuk, starring for the Ottawa Senators 100 years ago. Clancy finished his playing career in Toronto, then became an NHL referee, coach and general manager.


The trophy seems like an award that has Tkachuk’s name written all over it. And if not this year, it will be someday.


Here’s the rest of the competition for the 2022-23 award.


Anaheim Ducks: Kevin Shattenkirk    

Arizona Coyotes: Travis Boyd    

Boston Bruins: Patrice Bergeron     

Buffalo Sabres : Alex Tuch    

Calgary Flames: Mikael Backlund

Carolina Hurricanes: Jordan Staal    

Chicago Blackhawks: Connor Murphy    

Colorado Avalanche: Devon Toews    

Columbus Blue Jackets: Zach Werenski    

Dallas Stars: Jason Robertson    

Detroit Red Wings: Dylan Larkin    

Edmonton Oilers: Darnell Nurse    

Florida Panthers : Aleksander Barkov    

Los Angeles Kings: Mikey Anderson    

Minnesota Wild: Matt Dumba    

Montreal Canadiens: Jordan Harris    

Nashville Predators: Juuse Saros

New Jersey Devils: Jack Hughes

New York Islanders: Anders Lee

New York Rangers: Jacob Trouba

Philadelphia Flyers: Scott Laughton

Pittsburgh Penguins: Evgeni Malkin

San Jose Sharks: Luke Kunin

Seattle Kraken: Chris Driedger

St. Louis Blues: Brayden Schenn

Tampa Bay Lightning: Victor Hedman

Toronto Maple Leafs: Morgan Rielly

Vancouver Canucks: Elias Pettersson

Vegas Golden Knights: Reilly Smith

Washington Capitals: Tom Wilson

Winnipeg Jets: Blake Wheeler

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