In his first year in a new city, Kevin Hayes is the Flyers nominee for the King Clancy Trophy.
Fitting into a new team and city and sometimes take some time for figure out. And it was that way for Kevin Hayes. But once he figured things out, he became a big part of the Flyers on and off the ice. That includes in the community as well.
That is why he is the team’s nominee for the King Clancy Trophy. It is given to the player who best demonstrates leadership qualities on and off the ice. It is also given to the player who has made a noteworthy humanitarian contribution to the community.
The three finalists for the award will be announced later on in August.
There are plenty of players around the league who are worthy of this award. The fact that Hayes was nominated during his first year in a new city means he has welcomed himself very well to Philadelphia.
Back in December and in conjunction with First Responders Night, he announced the establishment of Hayes’ Heroes Program. Hayes would honor a first responder with two tickets to a game as well as a post-game meet and greet. Autographed items would be part of the deal as well.
At the end of the abbreviated season, Hayes took home the Gene Hart award as the Flyers player who has demonstrated the most heart throughout the season. The money from that award went to a charity of Hayes’ choice.
And his generosity did not stop while the season was paused. Back in April, Hayes surprised frontline workers at Penn Medicine with lunch. He partnered with Angelo’s Pizzeria to make it happen. It wasn’t the first time he helped some of the frontline workers out either.
His generosity and overall personality has endeared him quickly to the fans of Philadelphia.