Philadelphia Flyers John LeClair Named The Sporting News' 2002 No. 1 Good Guy In The NHL
Tuesday, July 23, 2002
By Joe Klueg
Philadelphia Flyers left wing John LeClair has been named The Sporting News' 2002 No. 1 Good Guy in the National Hockey League. "I am extremely honored to receive an award such as this," said LeClair. "It gives me great pleasure to be able to help those less fortunate." For the fourth consecutive year, The Sporting News has selected the No. 1 Good Guys in pro sports -- those athletes in the NBA, NFL, MLB, NHL and NASCAR who have the biggest hearts, who give back the most to the community, who are the most willing to serve the needy and unfortunate.
LeClair not only scores on the ice, but off the ice as well. He is very active in the community and always willing to lend a helping hand. LeClair has established The John LeClair Foundation and Face-off-Against Hunger as the main focus of his charitable efforts.
The John LeClair Foundation was created to help needy children in his home state of Vermont. In its 10 years, it has raised over $1 million. John, as President of the Foundation, plays an active role in both fund raising and allocations. His concern for kids goes beyond monetary contributions. He has visited children's wards in Vermont hospitals, played floor hockey in youth centers and "skipped around the room" at a camp for children with cancer.
The Face-off Against Hunger was established during the 1999-2000 hockey season by Flyers all-star John LeClair and his wife, Christina, as their way of helping an organization they truly believe in. In the past three years, the John LeClair Face-off Against Hunger, including the Check Out Hunger campaign has raised more than $1.1 million from businesses and individuals who made pledges and donations.
Other No. 1 Good Guys as selected by The Sporting News are Derek Jeter (New York Yankees), Alonzo Mourning (Miami Heat), Jerome Bettis (Pittsburgh Steelers), Carlos Delgado (Toronto Blue Jays) and Ward Burton (NASCAR).
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