A Strong Foundation

Another NHL award has named its finalists today and this time the finalists includes two Canucks.

The 2011 Foundation Award might not have anything to do with the play on the ice of the four nominees but in a way it’s the most important award any NHL player could have bestowed upon them.

The Foundation Award is presented to the NHL player who makes the most off-ice charitable impact within their community. Something that any NHL fan can agree is more important than the amount of goals a player scores or the number of saves made by a goalie.

It can be hard to remember that NHL players aren’t only about laying out hits or getting into fights on the ice. There’s a whole lot more to them. Giving back to the community shows just how much they care and are normal people like the rest of us.

This year’s Foundation Award nominees include Washington Capitals defenceman Mike Green, Dustin Brown of the L.A. Kings, who has been nominated three years in a row for the award, and both Daniel and Henrik Sedin. The award was won by Sabres goalie Ryan Miller last season.

Below we’ve listed why each player was nominated:

-Brown came up with a plan to donate $50 for every hit he leveled on the ice this season and ended up with 300 hits and $15,000 to be donated to the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles’ Newborn and Infant Critical Care Unit. His hits helped raise a total of $70,000 and built a playground in Carson, California that is home to over 100 playing kids.

-Green started an initiative this season based on his scoring that raised $93,000 for a variety of youth organizations in the Washington area. He also worked together with Elliot Segal, a local radio personality, and KaBOOM! to raise funds to build a playground with a Capitals theme for underserved kids in Washington.

-The Sedins take part in a variety of charity events throughout the year in Vancouver such as Canucks For Kids Fund Telethon, Dice and Ice Benefit, Canucks Autism Network, and the Canucks for Kids Fund and they have helped to raise more than a $1 million dollars in donations.

The winner of the 2011 Foundation Award will be given $25,000 to donate to the charity of their choice.

Tags: Awards Canucks Daniel Sedin Henrik Sedin

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