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Jack Eichel selected as nominee for King Clancy Trophy

Jack Eichel has been selected as the Buffalo Sabres’ nominee for the King Clancy Memorial Trophy for the second straight season, the NHL announced Monday.

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.”

Eichel, 23, has been increasingly involved in the community during his five-year tenure with the Sabres. He donates a suite inside KeyBank Center to charitable organizations for each home game during the regular season, each of which are followed by postgame meet and greets.

The Sabres captain remained active during the COVID-19 pandemic, donating 5,000 personal protective equipment masks to local hospitals and sending flowers to the nurses at Roswell Park Comprehensive Care Center.

Eichel has been a long-time supporter of Best Buddies WNY, an organization that creates opportunities for one-on-one friendship, integrated employment, and leadership development for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. He was a guest at the organization’s Halloween party this past season and hosted kids from the program for a holiday lunch in the Sabres locker room.