The Flames are proud to announce defenceman Travis Hamonic as the club’s nominee for the 2017-18 King Clancy Memorial Trophy.
The King Clancy Memorial Trophy is awarded to the player that best exemplifies leadership qualities on and off the ice and has made a noteworthy contribution in his community.
During his first season with the Calgary Flames, Hamonic has been a great contributor to both the team and the Calgary community. A passionate individual with a welcoming personality, Hamonic is approachable to fans of all ages and has demonstrated a long history of community service both in Calgary and during his time with the New York Islanders.
At the age of 10, Hamonic sadly lost his father Gerald to a heart attack. Upon making the NHL with the New York Islanders in 2010, Hamonic has paid tribute to his Dad through his D-Partner Program, an initiative that offers children who have lost a parent the chance to receive VIP treatment at a Flames game that includes lower bowl tickets, t-shirts, signed sticks and a lengthy post-game visit with him. Hamonic works with Hospice Calgary, Kids Cancer Care and the Calgary Police Foundation, as well as general story inquiries to receive family submissions for the program. To date, Travis Hamonic has visited with over 300 families through this program.
Prior to the start of the 2017/18 season, the St. Malo, Manitoba product expanded his philanthropy by creating The Northern Project, a program that sees Indigenous children from the Canadian territories visit Calgary for a weekend on an all-expenses paid trip courtesy of the Hamonics. Being Métis himself, Travis holds his roots very close to his heart and through this, provides children and their families an opportunity that otherwise may not be able to experience. On three separate occasions this season, Travis and his wife Stephanie hosted a deserving child and their parent. The Hamonics work with Hockey North to receive nominations for kids that deserve the chance to experience this one and a lifetime opportunity.
Known for his generosity and character, Hamonic also took time away from his busy schedule last summer and again this coming off-season to work with “Hit The Ice”, a program that assists with Canada’s most promising young First Nations hockey prospects as they participated in a two-week NHL-format training camp for a chance to expose themselves to junior hockey scouts.
His efforts in the community have been acknowledged by the Calgary Flames organization in his first season. On March 12, Travis was presented with the Ralph T. Scurfield Humanitarian Award, given annually to the Flames player who best exemplifies perseverance, determination and leadership on the ice, combined with dedication to community service off the ice.
Hamonic’s community work has also been acknowledged throughout the NHL as he received the NHL Foundation Player Award on June 20 at the 2017 NHL Awards. This award is given annually to an NHL player who applies the core values of hockey – commitment, perseverance and team work to enrich the lives of people in his community. Through this, the NHL Foundation presented Travis with a $25,000 donation to his D-Partner Program.
Finalists for all league awards will be announced at a later date by the National Hockey League.