A leader on and off the ice. @matt_dumba is the recipient of the King Clancy Memorial Trophy 2020! pic.twitter.com/QkFu1uAorO
– Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) 6 septembre 2020
The award is given to the player “who best embodies leadership qualities on and off the ice and who has made an outstanding humanitarian contribution to their community.”
“It’s a very special day for me and my family. I’m so honored, ”said Dumba after receiving the award on Sunday. “This award doesn’t really concern you. It’s about the people around you, all the support and love I have for them. When George Floyd passed away months ago I took to my social media and knew there was more I could do. I didn’t know what it exactly meant back then, but I knew I could become an even greater leader in my community, in the city that has shown me so much love and support throughout my life. career.
“It’s the least I can do, give it back and try to make a difference, and [be] a voice of change and strength in our community. … This is just the beginning. We are going to do some great things. ”
Dumba has become a key leader in the effort to make the sport more inclusive – in response to persistent social unrest in North America and calls for racial justice, Dumba co-founded the Hockey Diversity Alliance, which aims to eradicate racism. and systemic intolerance. at hockey.
The 26-year-old delivered a strong message on the subject during the 2020 Stanley Cup playoffs in Edmonton, before becoming the first NHL player to kneel during the chanting of the national anthem.
Dumba also led the Rebuild Minnesota initiative to help Minneapolis businesses affected by the protests following the murder of George Floyd. The fundraiser aims to raise $ 500,000, with all funds going to Lake Street Council in Minnesota and ActionDignity in Canada.
The young advocate’s recent efforts to help his community also included COVID-19 support to over 60 families who are athletes committed to educating students, a Hockey Fights Cancer tribute to a close family friend, and a donation. to relief efforts in Australia. .