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Wild's Jason Zucker wins NHL's humanitarian award

Zucker and his wife, Carly, have raised more than $1.2 million for a special suite at the U of M Masonic Children's Hospital.
Credit: Carly Zucker
Jason and Carly Zucker arrive at the NHL Awards

LAS VEGAS — Minnesota Wild forward Jason Zucker won the King Clancy Memorial Trophy after being nominated for the second straight year. 

Zucker took home the prize at Wednesday night's NHL Awards Show in Las Vegas.

The award is given out annually to the NHL player who best exemplifies leadership qualities on and off the ice and has made a noteworthy humanitarian contribution in his community. 

Jason and Carly Zucker began a campaign in 2017 to raise money for the Zucker Family Suite and Broadcast Studio at the U of M Masonic Children's Hospital. They started with a personal donation of $160,000 and have now raised more than $1.2 million.

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The suite allows kids and families at the hospital to watch Wild games in a setting that simulates a real game experience, and also features a broadcast studio.

"I want to make sure that I'm not just a good hockey player," he said in a video that the Minnesota Wild posted Tuesday. "I want to make sure I'm a good person and that's for my kids and my family."

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Oliver Ekman-Larsson and Henrik Lundqvist were the other finalists for the 2019 King Clancy Memorial Trophy.

Editor's Note: An earlier version of this story stated that Zucker won the award for the second year in a row. It has been updated to reflect that he was nominated twice in a row.