NHL News: P.K. Subban win King Clancy, Habs hire Marie-Philip, and more

New Jersey Devils defenseman P.K. Subban took home the King Clancy Award on Tuesday.

The Award is named after Frank “King” Clancy who served the game for decades as player, referee, coach, and manager. Since 1988, it has been presented by the NHL “to the player who best exemplifies leadership qualities on and off the ice and has made a noteworthy humanitarian contribution in his community.”

It was presented to him by last year’s recipient Pekka Rinne.

“It’s always a privilege to really receive individual accolades in the NHL,” Subban said. “How many great players there are, and how good those players are at what they do and that includes the things they choose to do off the ice. To be amongst not just finalists, but winners of the award is pretty special. I’m probably most excited to accept this award for my personal team and my foundation team. They do a lot of work at times for me when I can’t do the work because of my job and they’re just as deserving for this award as I am.”


Habs hire Marie-Philip Poulin

Marie-Philip Poulin
Feb 17, 2022; Beijing, China; Team Canada forward Marie-Philip Poulin (29) celebrates after the medals ceremony during the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games at Wukesong Sports Centre. Mandatory Credit: Rob Schumacher-USA TODAY Sports

The Montreal Canadiens hired Marie-Philip Poulin, a national hockey icon, as a part-time player development consultant on Tuesday.

Poulin, 31, is not retiring from her playing career, which is among the most decorated in the sport’s history.

The Quebec native has led Canada to 15 medals at international competitions, including three gold medals and one silver at the Winter Olympics. Poulin scored the game-winning goal in the gold-medal game in each Olympic victory for Canada — in 2010, 2014 and earlier this year at the Beijing Games.

“We are thrilled with the addition of Marie-Philip Poulin to our hockey development department,” Canadiens general manager Kent Hughes said in a statement. “Marie-Philip is one of the best players on the planet and she has won at the highest level, which will be very beneficial for our players. Her knowledge, leadership and vision of the game certainly make the Canadiens a better organization.”

The Canadiens finished 22-49-11 (55 points) in 2021-22, last place in the Atlantic Division, and are starting over with Martin St. Louis as head coach and Hughes as general manager. But they have the richest history in the NHL, with a league-record 24 Stanley Cups.

“I’m not the only one who is stepping in the NHL world here, I’m not the only woman,” Poulin told reporters in Montreal. “I’m just trying to follow the way of many women who have been there before me. But it’s exciting to be here in Montreal. I was talking to my family today and they kind of (said), ‘Do you realize you’re with the Montreal Canadiens?’ It kind of shook me a little bit.”

NHL Signings

On Tuesday, the Dallas Stars signed Denis Gurianov to a one-year deal worth $2.9 Million.

The 24 year-old forward posted 31 points in 73 games last season. He was selected by the Stars in the first-round of the 2015 NHL Draft.

Also, the Boston Bruins signed German-born defenseman Kai Wissman to a one-year, entry-level deal for next season at $825,000.

Wissman, 25, registered 20 points and a plus-31 rating in 55 games for Eisbaren Berlin in the German Ice Hockey Federation in 2021-22. He also represented German at the 2022 World Championships, raising eyebrows with his 7 points in 8 contests.

–Field Level Media contributed to this article.