Bruins center Patrice Bergeron won the King Clancy Memorial Trophy, the NHL announced Friday at the first of two awards programs it is holding this weekend.
The King Clancy is given to a player for both leadership on and off the ice and humanitarian contributions in his community.
Bergeron’s “Patrice’s Pals” program brings hospital patients and children’s groups to TD Garden to watch Bruins games from a luxury suite.
“It means a lot, it’s a huge honor,” Bergeron said via a team press release. “Obviously, any time you have the chance to help out the community, it’s something that speaks a lot to me and I want to do. … I like to lead by example and just work as hard as I can on and off the ice and help whoever I can.”
Bergeron was also a finalist for the Selke Trophy for best two-way player, and teammate Adam McQuaid was a finalist for the Masterton Trophy for dedication to hockey. Chicago’s Jonathan Toews won the Selke and Minnesota goalie Josh Harding won the Masterton.
The NHL will announce its major awards, including MVP and best goalie, Saturday before Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Finals.