Two Finnish players are nominated for a prestigious award in the NHL

Aleksander Barkov and Juuse Saros are nominated for the King Clancy Memorial Trophy.

Florida Panthers captain Aleksander Barkov and Nashville Predators goalkeeper Juuse Saros have been nominated for the King Clancy Memorial Trophy winner, the NHL says on Twitter.

The award recognizes a player who has demonstrated leadership on and off the rink and who has made a significant humanitarian contribution to their community. One player from each NHL club is selected for nomination.

The winner of the award is chosen by NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and the deputy commissioner Bill Daly committee headed by

Along with the trophy, the winner receives $25,000, which the player can donate to a charity of their choice.

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For example, Barkov, 27, has created a partnership with the local Joe DiMaggio Hospital. For every regular season goal scored by Barkov, the Finn has donated $1,600 to the hospital. On the other hand, $800 has been spent on each input point.

According to the Panthers, Barkov has donated a total of $200,000 to the hospital over the past three seasons. In May of last year, he donated $101,600 to the hospital.

The King Clancy Memorial Trophy has been awarded since 1988. It was won last season by someone who has already finished his career PK Subban.

Among the Finns, the award has also been won by Saku Koivu and Pekka Rinne in 2007 and 2021.

Barkov and the Panthers are currently playing in the second round of the NHL playoffs against the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Panthers lead the playoff series between the teams with match wins 3–0 and are one win away from the next place.

The teams will meet next time on the night between Wednesday and Thursday Finnish time.

The season of Saros and the Predators has already ended.

Aleksander Barkov leads the Panthers. AOP / USA TODAY SPORTS

Juuse Saros is also nominated for the award. AOP / USA TODAY SPORTS