Defenseman Dan Hamhuis was today named the Nashville Predators' nominee for the NHL's King Clancy Memorial Trophy, which recognizes a player with "leadership qualities on and off the ice and who has made a significant humanitarian contribution in his community." The designation comes after a vote by the players themselves.
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Follow after the jump for a look at Dan's good work in the Nashville area...
The following was provided by the Predators:
Nashville's nominee for the King Clancy Award is Dan Hamhuis. The most well, but soft-spoken member of the Predators, Hamhuis gives countless hours and thousands of dollars to local charitable efforts that never go noticed, simply because he does not want the recognition. While the information below is a snapshot of some the documented things Dan and his wife Sarah have done in 2009-10, it doesn't include the stops he makes on a routine basis to the likes of St. Luke's Community House or the Ronald McDonald House to do maintenance work or just chat with patients/residents. Unlike most of the Predators, the majority of Dan's work is done on his own, instead of through the Nashville Predators Foundation.
Some of Dan's activities in 2009-10
- Donated $20,000 to the Teammates for Kids Foundation which was routed back to benefit the Nashville Rescue Mission. Routinely volunteer their time at the Rescue Mission as well.
- Initiated participation in the team's "Movember" movement - grew a moustache for a month to raise money and awareness for Prostate & Testicular Cancer.
- Gave his name/funds to be the presenting sponsor of the Ronald McDonald House "Extraordinary Evening" fundraiser, which brought in more than $50,000.
- He and Sarah attended fundraisers for RMH, bid on auction items, visit families staying at the house. They purchased a brand new air hockey table for the teen game room at the House, and Sarah serves on the Telecast committee and sits on the phone back to field donations for RMH
- Dan and Sarah organized a potluck dinner where she and the rest of the wives provided dinner for the families at RMH
- Active in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, speaking to local chapters throughout the season.
- Visits patients at Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital throughout the season, highlighted by the Oct. 30 visit where he went reverse trick-or-treating for the second year dressed up as Winnie the Pooh
- Purchased 25 gift cards at $100 each during the holidays to give to families in need
- Dan promoted Toys for Tots toy drive - participated in a photo shoot with U.S. Marines
Dan promoted the in-arena recycling program by participating in the PSA which airs every game. PSA encourages fans to recycle cans and plastic.