Rookie Michael Grabner didn’t win the Calder Trophy, but the Islanders did not go home empty-handed after the NHL Awards show in Las Vegas.
Recently-retired Islanders captain Doug Weight was announced as the King Clancy Memorial Trophy recipient, awarded to the player that best displays exceptional leadership qualities and commitment to their community.
Past winners include Shane Doan, Vincent Lecavalier, Brendan Shanahan, Adam Graves and Ray Bourque, as well as the Islanders own Bryan Trottier in 1989.
“I’m beyond honored and excited,” Weight said when reached by telephone in Las Vegas Wednesday. “Leadership on and off the ice is something that I’ve always considered to be very important. I’m proud that my teammates nominated me and it’s pretty exciting coming on the heels of my retirement.”
Weight has been involved with numerous charities throughout his 19-season NHL career, but his primary focus has been working with those that benefit cancer patients. His own 18-year-old cousin Jeff died of a brain tumor when Weight was 15 years old.
“I think it’s part of your job. We can help people in our community that don’t have as much as we do,” Weight said. “To be in that position is a big responsibility. Once you get involved in it, it’s a wonderful thing. It’s a great feeling to give back and a great thing to teach your children.”
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