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Dallas Stars Daily Links: Stars Nominate Jason Spezza for King Clancy Memorial Trophy

Jason Spezza earned the nod for his work on and off the ice. Plus, the Predators swept the Blackhawks, and the Sabres are parting ways with Dan Bylsma.

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The Stars announced yesterday that Jason Spezza was voted by the team as Dallas’ nominee for the 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 season, Spezza finished third on the Stars in points (15 goals, 35 assists), and his continued involvement with the Jason Spezza Scholarship Fund gave kids the necessary funds and equipment to play hockey.

During the 2016-17 campaign, he recorded 50 points (15-35=50) and donated a total of $15,000 to the fund. In honor of Spezza's commitment to North Texas, Texas Land and Cattle donated an additional $10,000 to bring the contribution total during the 2016-17 campaign to $25,000. In total, Spezza and Texas Land and Cattle have raised $100,000 over the last two seasons for the scholarship fund.

There’s more on Spezza’s nomination at the link. [Stars]

Sean McIndoe names the teams that non-playoff squads should try to emulate. For the Stars, he says that’s the Ducks. [Sportsnet]

Tim Cowlishaw talks about what Ken Hitchcock’s priorities should be in Dallas. [SportsDayDFW]

There was plenty of playoff excitement to go around last night.

  • The Rangers and the Canadiens needed overtime to settle things, but the Blueshirts prevailed, winning 3-2 and taking a 3-2 lead in the series.
  • David Desharnais scored in overtime to give the Oilers a 3-2 series lead over the Sharks.

NHL linesman Don Henderson is suing Flames defenseman Dennis Wideman and the team for $10.25 million. [Puck Daddy]

General manager Tim Murray and head coach Dan Bylsma are both out in Buffalo. [Die by the Blade]

Meet this year’s Calder Trophy finalists.

Amy Menke says goodbye to the University of North Dakota women’s hockey program and the close-knit community it created. [The Players’ Tribune]

And finally, Jamie Benn talks about Jordie Benn’s Stanley Cup chances in Montreal.