Kukla's Korner

The Malik Report

Zetterberg Wins NHL Foundation Player Award

Updated at 6:04 PM with two stories from the Wings and news about where Datsyuk finished in Selke and Lady Byng voting:

From the NHL:

CHICAGO (June 14, 2013) -- Detroit Red Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg is the recipient of the 2012-13 NHL Foundation Player Award. The award recognizes the NHL player who applies the core values of hockey – commitment, perseverance and teamwork – to enrich the lives of people in his community. The NHL Foundation will present $25,000 to the Zetterberg Foundation to help fund the creation of three water stations in Kemba, Ethiopia, and provide 1,900 people with clean water for a lifetime. This donation will enable more children in the village to attend school as opposed to spending their days walking hours to get water for their families.

Zetterberg and his wife, Emma, give back to the Metro Detroit community through numerous initiatives as well as international causes in Ethiopia, Guatemala and Nepal. Zetterberg hosts children’s charities, including Metro Detroit area children’s hospitals and mentoring nonprofits, at each Red Wings home game during the regular season in the Zetterberg Foundation Suite. Zetterberg also funds a high school hockey scholarship each year and underwrites the Hockey Weekly High School All-Star Banquet.

As the team spokesman for the Red Wings annual Smoke Detector Collection, Zetterberg personally matches all donations. Working with area fire departments, more than 23,000 smoke detectors have been distributed to low-income and physically-disabled residents who could otherwise not afford one or be able to install one in their home. When a local firefighter passed away in the line of duty last month, Zetterberg contributed to the team fundraiser, helping the Wings raise more than $15,000 for the firefighter’s family.

Zetterberg and his wife built the Chige Primary School in Kemba, Ethiopia, in cooperation with Action Aid Ethiopia. The school consists of four classrooms and gives 225 children in Kemba access to a primary school education. The Belta Telo Middle School currently has 780 kids sharing four small classrooms; however, thanks to a donation from the Zetterberg Foundation, construction to add a block of four new classrooms to the school has begun. He also supports microloan programs in Ethiopia and Guatemala to provide women with the opportunity to start their own businesses and work themselves out of poverty. In addition, the Zetterberg Foundation has financed and built six houses for former debt slaves in Nepal.

Update: The NHL Network posted a clip regarding Zetterberg's award...

Via RedWingsFeed, the Wings' website posted a photo gallery of Zetterberg's charitable efforts, as well as a slightly different press release...

Zetterberg wins NHL Foundation Player Award
NHL to donate $25,000 to Zetterberg Foundation

DETROIT – The National Hockey League announced today that Detroit Red Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg is the recipient of the 2012-13 NHL Foundation Player Award. The award recognizes the NHL player who applies the core values of hockey – commitment, perseverance and teamwork – to enrich the lives of people in his community. The NHL Foundation will present $25,000 to the Zetterberg Foundation to help fund the creation of three water stations in Kemba, Ethiopia, and provide 1,900 people with clean water for a lifetime. This donation will enable more children in the village to attend school as opposed to spending their days walking hours to get water for their families.

"I'm honored to receive the NHL Foundation Player Award," Zetterberg said. "The NHL's $25,000 donation will be matched by the Zetterberg Foundation to provide water to the village of Kemba. There are a lot of NHL players that do great charitable work within NHL communities and around the world, so I'm extremely humbled to be selected as this year's award winner."

Zetterberg and his wife Emma give back to the Metro Detroit community through numerous initiatives as well as international causes in Ethiopia, Guatemala and Nepal. Zetterberg hosts children’s charities, including Metro Detroit area children’s hospitals and mentoring nonprofits, at each Red Wings home game during the regular season in the Zetterberg Foundation Suite. Zetterberg also funds a high school hockey scholarship each year and underwrites the Hockey Weekly High School All-Star Banquet.

As the team spokesman for the Red Wings annual Smoke Detector Collection, Zetterberg personally matches all donations. Working with area fire departments, more than 23,000 smoke detectors have been distributed to low-income and physically-disabled residents, who could otherwise not afford one or be able to install one in their home. When a local fire fighter passed away in the line of duty last month, Zetterberg contributed to the team fundraiser helping the Wings raise more than $15,000 for the fire fighter’s family.

Internationally, Zetterberg and his wife built the Chige Primary School in Kemba, Ethiopia, in cooperation with Action Aid Ethiopia. The school consists of four classrooms and gives 225 children in Kemba access to a primary school education. The Belta Telo Middle School currently has 780 kids sharing four small classrooms; however, thanks to a donation from the Zetterberg Foundation, construction to add a block of four new classrooms on to the school has begun. They also support microloan programs in Ethiopia and Guatemala to provide women with the opportunity to start their own business and work themselves out of poverty. In addition, the Zetterberg Foundation has financed and built six houses for former debt slaves in Nepal.

In the 15-year history of the NHL Foundation Player Award, Detroit joins Buffalo as the only teams to have two players receive this honor. Red Wings forward Darren McCarty won the award in 2003. Zetterberg is the first Swedish player to win the NHL Foundation Player Award. Each NHL Club submitted a nomination for the NHL Foundation Player Award and the winner was selected by a judging panel.

And DetroitRedWings.com's Bill Roose penned an article about Zetterberg:

When Henrik Zetterberg and Emma Andersson married three years ago, they didn’t bother to submit a wedding gift registry at a major department store.

Instead, the newly minted Mr. and Mrs. Zetterberg asked for gifts of money from the guests, who assembled at their Scandinavian ceremony in the coastal town of Mölle in southern Sweden. The monetary gifts would help the Red Wings’ superstar and his beautiful bride achieve a dream that has allowed them to make a difference in communities around the world.

Through the formation of the Zetterberg Foundation, the Red Wings’ captain has proven to be an outstanding leader in the community through a variety of missions. Outside of his on-ice success, which includes a Stanley Cup championship and an Olympic gold medal, Zetterberg, along with Emma, have made it a personal crusade to give back to those less fortunate, whether they’re struggling financially or through poor health.

“The biggest thing for me is that he's so unselfish,” Wings forward Daniel Cleary said. “He's such a personable guy. He's a star. He's got great talent on the ice, but he's very respectful off the ice and he's vocal when he needs to be and he leads by example.”

In three short years, the Zetterbergs’ foundation has established numerous partnerships in helping communities in Detroit, Nepal, Ethiopia and Guatemala. In his adopted home, he started the Zetterberg Foundation Suite, and has been graciously involved with Make-A-Wish, smoke detector collection, prep hockey scholarships, while generously donating his time to other community outreach programs throughout the season.

For his leadership skills, and for applying the league’s core values, Zetterberg has been named this year’s recipient of the NHL Foundation Player Award for his commitment, perseverance and teamwork to enrich the lives of people in his community.

Zetterberg is the 16th recipient of the humanitarian award, and the second Red Wings player. Darren McCarty won the award in 2003 for his work with raising awareness and helping fund research for multiple myeloma, an incurable cancer of the bone marrow and blood, that took his father's life in 1995.

Since starting the Zetterberg Foundation in 2011, the Zetterbergs have hosted more than 165 patients and their families from Detroit area children's charities at each Red Wings home game during the regular season in their Zetterberg Foundation Suite. Guests receive free suite tickets to the game with pizza and beverages provided and the patients also receive special goody bags.

In addition to the five nonprofits that the Zetterberg Foundation entertain throughout the season, the suite hosts other groups in conjunction with the team’s theme nights. On Military Appreciation Night, the suite was home to five kids, who all had a parent serving overseas. During Breast Cancer Awareness Night, the Zetterberg Foundation Suite welcomed four breast cancer patients and their families to the game. All four women received a special gift bag with an autographed Zetterberg hockey puck along with a pink and white floral arrangement to take home with them. This is something close to Emma’s heart as her mother is a breast cancer survivor.

Perhaps the biggest project undertaken by the Zetterbergs is the work that they continue to do in some of the world’s poorest regions. In cooperation with ActionAid, the Zetterbergs fully founded the creation of a primary school that has provided classrooms for more than 220 children in Kemba, Ethiopia; built six houses for former debt slaves in Nepal; and funded a care facility for abused girls in Guatemala.

The NHL Foundation Player Award is accompanied by a $20,000 donation to the recipient, which this year will go to the Zetterberg Foundation. Zetterberg said he plans to match the donation so that three water stations can be built in the village of Kemba, Ethiopia, which will provide clean water to 1,900 people for a lifetime, and hopefully allow many more children to return to school so they wouldn’t need to walk hours each day to get water for their families.

For the record, MLive's Ansar Khan reports that Pavel Datsyuk finished third in Selke Trophy voting, and Yahoo Sports' Greg "Puck Daddy" Wyshynski reports that Datsyuk finished fourth in Selke Trophy voting.

Filed in: | The Malik Report | Permalink
 

Comments

SYF's avatar

The show did NOT mention Zata and Emma’s contributions internationally.  It is really impressive.

Posted by SYF from The Revenge of Johnny E on 06/14/13 at 04:40 PM ET

BC's avatar

What a good man.

Posted by BC on 06/14/13 at 05:07 PM ET

Bugsy's avatar

One more reason for hockey fans to “hate” the Red Wings wink

Posted by Bugsy on 06/14/13 at 05:25 PM ET

Gary A$$ SUCK !!'s avatar

Grattis Zetterbeg !!! Det fortjanar du verkligen…You not only make the Detroit proud, you make your fellow Svenskar proud as well…Let’s Go Red Wings

Posted by Gary A$$ SUCK !! from Fort Myers, Florida on 06/14/13 at 08:47 PM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

... and Yahoo Sports’ Greg “Puck Daddy” Wyshynski reports that Datsyuk finished fourth in Selke Trophy voting.

GJM - you mean Lady Byng.

L.G.R.W.

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 06/14/13 at 10:08 PM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

GJM - you mean Lady Byng.

and Paul, I mean you, not George.

red face

L.G.R.W.

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 06/14/13 at 10:10 PM ET

Add a Comment

Please limit embedded image or media size to 575 pixels wide.

Add your own avatar by joining Kukla's Korner, or logging in and uploading one in your member control panel.

Captchas bug you? Join KK or log in and you won't have to bother.

Smileys

Notify me of follow-up comments?

Feed

Most Recent Blog Posts

About The Malik Report

The Malik Report is a destination for all things Red Wings-related. I offer biased, perhaps unprofessional-at-times and verbose coverage of my favorite team, their prospects and developmental affiliates. I've joined the Kukla's Korner family with five years of blogging under my belt, and I hope you'll find almost everything you need to follow your Red Wings at a place where all opinions are created equal and we're all friends, talking about hockey and the team we love to follow.