FRISCO, Texas — The Dallas Stars announced today that forward Jason Robertson was named the club’s nominee for the National Hockey League’s King Clancy Memorial Trophy.
The award is given 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.”
This year, Robertson continued his work in the community through his initiative JR’s Heroes, established during his first full NHL season in 2021-22.
Through JR’s Heroes, Robertson hosts the children and families of those who are active military, currently deployed or have lost a loved one who served at Stars games. Robertson meets each of the JR’s Heroes families after the game for photographs and autographs and gifts Robertson jerseys to each of the children in the family. Since the program’s inception, 26 families have attended Dallas Stars games through the JR’s Heroes in-game program.
This season, the JR’s Heroes program added an on-ice clinic in partnership with United Heroes League.
Open to children aged 8-14, 41 boys and girls from Texas attended an on-ice clinic led by Robertson at American Airlines Center.
All 41 skaters received a Stars “21” jersey and tickets to the game the next day for themselves and their families. The clinic was another way for Robertson to further his commitment to military families and create a unique experience for the children of those who serve our country.
Robertson further extended his engagement in the community this year to include children and families receiving care in local hospitals.
He led a Holiday Toy Drive campaign for Children’s Health Hospital, through which over 1,000 toys were donated to Children’s Health Hospital of Dallas for their Christmas Store. Parents and guardians “shopped” in the store and were able to provide gifts for their loved ones staying in the hospital, free of charge. Robertson delivered all the toys on December 22nd to the hospital and volunteered in the Christmas Store, helping families select toys.
“Jason has shown exceptional commitment to community outreach and service since his rookie season,” said Dallas Stars Foundation President Marty Turco. “He’s always looking for opportunities to create more meaningful and fun experiences for children and families in the local area, and he continues to expand the size and scope of his impact. It’s always such a pleasure to work with a player who is so invested in helping others.”
On the ice, the Arcadia, California native skated in all 82 regular-season games for the Stars, leading the club with 46 goals, 63 assists and 109 points.
His 109 points tied for sixth most in the league in the 2022-23 season and marked the highest point-total by a U.S.-born player at age 23 or younger.
He surpassed the 40-goal milestone in his second consecutive season, becoming the first player in Dallas Stars history (1993-present) to record back-to-back 40-goal seasons.
The 23-year-old recorded 34 multi-point games this season, the most by a player in Dallas Stars history, and he tallied points (21-13–34) in 18 consecutive games from Oct. 27-Dec. 6, 2022, the longest such streak in Dallas Stars history.