Canadiens’ Jordan Harris an excellent candidate for King Clancy Trophy Stu Cowan, Montreal Gazette · Postmedia Information |Up to date 33 minutes in the past |4 min learn Premium content material It’s not a shock that Jordan Harris is the Canadiens’ nominee for the King Clancy Trophy, which works to the NHL participant who finest embodies the qualities of management on and off the ice and who has made an impressive humanitarian …


It’s not a shock that Jordan Harris is the Canadiens’ nominee for

the King Clancy Trophy,

which works to the NHL participant who finest embodies the qualities of management on and off the ice and who has made an impressive humanitarian contribution in his neighborhood.

Harris was certainly one of 32 gamers chosen by their respective NHL groups on Tuesday.

The Canadiens defenceman is simply 22, however shows a maturity past his years each on and off the ice. Harris joined the Canadiens late final season after spending 4 years at Northeastern College and graduating with a level in enterprise administration.

“He acquired his diploma,” Rob Ramage, the Canadiens’ director of participant growth, mentioned throughout coaching camp earlier than the beginning of this season when requested about Harris spending the complete 4 years at college earlier than turning professional. “He’s going to have life after hockey until he makes a lot cash he doesn’t have to fret about it. He was a captain (at Northeastern), he was a pacesetter, a core man for his or her workforce. He’s an exquisite younger man. I’ve all the time mentioned if he’s not a hockey participant he could possibly be a future president of america.”

As a rookie this season in his first full NHL season, Harris had 4-13-17 totals in 65 video games. Off the ice, Harris was concerned in a number of neighborhood initiatives, together with Black Historical past Month, the Inuit Video games and the Montreal Canadiens Kids’s Basis, whereas additionally serving to out with minor hockey practices and skating periods involving deprived colleges.

When requested this season in regards to the controversy over NHL’s Pleasure Nights to have a good time and welcome the LGBTQ+ neighborhood, Harris mentioned: “I believe personally it’s vital for everybody to really feel welcome to play hockey. You see the tales through the years of individuals not likely feeling welcomed or obtain backlash for racism in the direction of them. Hockey has given me a lot and to really feel as if some folks won’t really feel as if they’re welcome to that type of happiness and life classes that I’ve discovered by way of hockey is basically disappointing and unhappy. I simply know the place I stand on that facet of it and I’ll all the time really feel that method that everybody needs to be included.”

The New York Rangers, Minnesota Wild, Colorado Avalanche, New York Islanders, Tampa Bay Lightning and St. Louis Blues all deserted plans to put on Pleasure sweaters throughout pregame warmups this season.

The Canadiens’ Denis Gurianov was amongst a small group of particular person NHL gamers who refused to put on a Pleasure sweater

for his or her workforce’s pregame warmup on Pleasure Night time.

Harris is without doubt one of the nicest younger meet you would meet in or out of hockey, one thing he mentioned comes from his mother and father.

“That was all the time the factor after I was rising up was to remain humble,” he mentioned this season. “Work onerous and compete and need to be nice and push your self. It’s really easy to be a sort individual and make somebody’s day by signing a puck or saying howdy and shaking somebody’s hand. To me it is a dream come true and I’ve labored so onerous to get so far. Actually having fun with it, but in addition giving again to those that have helped me is mostly a factor that I love to do.”

Teammate Jake Allen mentioned Harris is only a good individual.

“I believe that’s at the beginning what you need,” the veteran goalie mentioned. “You need good folks in your group. Everybody’s an excellent hockey participant, however it’s virtually more durable to search out good folks and good hockey gamers on the similar time and that’s actually vital.”

The winner of the King Clancy Trophy — which is voted on by a committee of senior NHL executives led by commissioner Gary Bettman and assistant commissioner Invoice Daly — shall be introduced June 26 on NHL Awards Night time.

The final Canadiens participant to win the award was former captain Saku Koivu in 2007 after he beat non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma after which raised funds to buy the primary PET/CT scanner in Montreal by way of his basis.

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