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Anders Lee Wins Clancy Trophy, Islanders Captain Awarded For Leadership Qualities



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Anders Lee exhibits his leadership qualities every time he puts on his New York Islanders sweater, which features a ‘C’ on his chest.

Now, as the winner of the 2023-24 King Clancy Memorial Trophy, the Islanders captain is receiving recognition from the National Hockey League for his leadership, both on and off the ice.

Over the course of his career, Lee has worked closely with Jam Kancer In The Kan, a foundation that hosts Kan Jam tournaments to raise funds to help children and families affected by cancer. Lee first became involved with the foundation after hearing a speech from Fenov Pierre-Louis, a teenager who battled a Stage 4 Neuroblastoma diagnosis. The two developed a close friendship before Pierre-Louis passed away on July 18, 2018, at the age of 17. In Pierre-Louis’ honor, Lee continued to work with Jam Kancer In The Kan by hosting annual events and has helped raise more than $2.5 million.

“It’s been a wonderful experience meeting the kids and the families,” Lee told ESPN’s Steve Levy after winning the award. “I had a special relationship with one of them, Fenov. He’s my guy and really the big inspiration behind all of this. I wanted to carry on his message of helping kids and families with cancer by making a difference in any way you can. I’ve been honored to do that for him and be a part of the Jam Kancer In The Kan foundation.”

Last September, Lee had his most successful event yet, raising $135,000 in a single day with the help of his Islanders teammates.

This is Lee’s first time winning the King Clancy Memorial Trophy after six previous nominations. He was a finalist for the award last season.

Lee is the third Islanders player to win the award. Doug Weight won it in 2010-11, and Bryan Trottier was the second-ever recipient in 1988-89.