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The NHL Foundation Player Award is awarded annually to the National Hockey League (NHL) player "who applies the core values of (ice) hockey—commitment, perseverance and teamwork—to enrich the lives of people in his community".

HistoryEdit

The winner is given a grant of US$ 25,000 to help causes that the winner supports.

Many players have been awarded as a result of large charitable contributions to their community.

For instance, Vincent Lecavalier received the award in 2008 for committing US $3 million to build The Vincent Lecavalier Pediatric Cancer and Blood Disorder Center at All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg, Florida.

15 players have won the NHL Foundation Player Award since its inception.

Kelly Chase was awarded the inaugural NHL Foundation Player Award in 1998.

Brent Burns is the most recent winner of the award. No player has ever won the award twice.

The Buffalo Sabres and the Detroit Red Wings are the only two teams to have been represented twice by winners.

The award is closely related to the King Clancy Memorial Trophy as both are awarded to a player who has made a significant humanitarian contribution to his community.

German Olaf Kolzig, Swede Henrik Zetterberg & Americans Ryan Miller and Dustin Brown are the only non-Canadian winners while Ron Francis and Joe Sakic are the only winners to have been elected into the Hockey Hall of Fame.

WinnersEdit

* Denotes player who are still active
Elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame
Season Winner Nationality Position Team Note
1997–98 Chase, KellyKelly Chase Template:CAN Right Wing St. Louis Blues
1998–99 Ray, RobRob Ray Template:CAN Right Wing Buffalo Sabres
1999–2000 Graves, AdamAdam Graves Template:CAN Left Wing New York Rangers
2000–01 Kolzig, OlafOlaf Kolzig Template:GER Goaltender Washington Capitals
2001–02 Francis, RonRon Francis Template:CAN Center Carolina Hurricanes
2002–03 McCarty, DarrenDarren McCarty Template:CAN Right Wing Detroit Red Wings
2003–04 Iginla, JaromeJarome Iginla Template:CAN Right Wing Calgary Flames
2004–05 Season canceled
2005–06 Turco, MartyMarty Turco Template:CAN Goaltender Dallas Stars
2006–07 Sakic, JoeJoe Sakic Template:CAN Center Colorado Avalanche
2007–08 Lecavalier, VincentVincent Lecavalier Template:CAN Center Tampa Bay Lightning
Linden, TrevorTrevor Linden Template:CAN Right Wing Vancouver Canucks
2008–09 Nash, RickRick Nash Template:CAN Left Wing Columbus Blue Jackets
2009–10 Miller, RyanRyan Miller Flag of the United States.svg United States Goaltender Buffalo Sabres
2010–11 Brown, DustinDustin Brown Flag of the United States.svg United States Right Wing Los Angeles Kings
2011–12 Fisher, MikeMike Fisher Template:CAN Centre Nashville Predators
2012–13 Zetterberg, HenrikHenrik Zetterberg Template:SWE Centre Detroit Red Wings
2013–14 Bergeron, PatricePatrice Bergeron Template:CAN Centre Boston Bruins
2014–15 Burns, BrentBrent Burns* Template:CAN Defenceman San Jose Sharks
2015–16 Giordano, MarkMark Giordano* Template:CAN Defenceman Calgary Flames
2016–17 Hamonic, TravisTravis Hamonic* Template:CAN Defenceman New York Islanders