Capitals nominate Garnet Hathaway for NHL's Clancy humanitarian award

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Caps nominate Hathaway for Clancy humanitarian award originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington

Garnet Hathaway has been nominated by the Washington Capitals for the King Clancy Memorial Trophy, the team announced Wednesday.

“The trophy is awarded annually to the player who best exemplifies leadership qualities on and off the ice and has made a noteworthy humanitarian contribution in his community, the team said via a press release.”

Hathaway, the 30-year-old winger in his third season with Washington, founded Hath’s Heroes in 2019. The charity aims to give back to first responders throughout the D.C. area, collaborating with other nonprofits in town to hold seminars, training sessions, and other helpful events.

“As of April 2022, Hath's Heroes has donated more than 400 lunches to local firehouses in Washington, D.C. and contributed auction items, including a team-signed Hathaway game-used stick and signed Hath's Heroes pucks to the annual D.C. Fire Hockey tournament,” read the press release. “Proceeds from the auction benefited the D.C. Burn Foundation. Since 2019, Hath's Heroes has donated more than 5,000 meals to first responders and their families.”

Hathaway’s dedication to first responders stems from his great-grandfather, who worked as a firefighter in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Each NHL team nominates one player for the award each year, with the winner receiving a $25,000 donation to the charity of his choice. Two runners-up will also be granted $5,000 donations to their favorite charities.

Hathaway has shown tremendous dedication to leadership both on and off the ice. Hath's Heroes has been helping first responders in the nation's capital for years. Meanwhile, Hathaway and the Capitals look to go up 2-0 in their first-round playoff series vs. the Florida Panthers on Thursday night.

All first-round games of Capitals vs. Panthers will be available regionally on NBC Sports Washington and streamed live on the MyTeams app.