Garnet Hathaway of the Washington Capitals has been nominated for an award.
The Washington Capitals announced on Monday that Garnet Hathaway has been named the club’s 2019-20 nominee for the King Clancy Memorial Trophy. It is a trophy bestowed to the “player who best exemplifies leadership qualities on and off the ice and has made a noteworthy humanitarian contribution in his community.”
Hathaway got the nomination thanks to his work with Hath’s Heroes which was launched this season. It was a program that provided tickets to local first responders. After the game, Hathaway would meet with the fans and give them a tour of the Caps locker room. In addition to donating tickets, Hathaway visits local fire stations throughout the season and spends time with first responders.
Hathaway’s great grandfather Garnet Mcelroy was a firefighter in Winnipeg and his experiences inspired Hathaway to launch his Hath’s Heroes program.
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During the novel coronavirus pandemic, Hath’s Heroes teamed up with SuperFd to provide meals to area first responders. Hathaway launched a fundraiser and Caps fans came together to raise $22,787 to provide 3,962 meals to first responders and families affiliated with local nonprofits Kid Power and DC Central Kitchen.
A few months ago Hathaway surprised a 12-year old fan named Alex Henderson to a future Caps game. Henderson plays youth hockey and during the pandemic, he and his mom Suzi made thousands of masks for first responders and nurses. As of April, they made more than 1,200 masks.
Hathaway found out via a local news article and learned that their Caps themed masks were the most popular. He surprised the Hendersons on a video call with a thank you and an invite to a Capitals game once it’s deemed safe to go to games again.
Hathaway also participated in the Caps Mental Health Awareness Talk Saves Lives panel which was a question and answer discussion on mental health. He also took part in the team’s Courage Caps skate with the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors families. Hathaway also was active in other initiatives around the community including the Caps Canine Calendar that raised money for Homeward Trails, Wish Upon a Par that raised money for Make A Wish Mid-Atlantic, and the team’s hockey fights cancer initiatives.
Hathaway was chosen among the Caps to be the nominee for the award. The winner will be chosen by a committee of senior NHL executives and the three finalists will be announced in early August with the winner being revealed in the conference finals.