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Players nominate Rhett for King

STEVE MACFARLANE, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 6:49 AM ET

Unable to contribute much on the ice, Rhett Warrener still had an impact on teammates this season.

So much of one that his Calgary Flames peers picked him as their nominee for the King Clancy Memorial Trophy yesterday.

The award will go to the NHLer who "best exemplifies leadership qualities on and off the ice and has made a noteworthy contribution to his community" and there's no doubt Warrener is a worthy choice.

As an outspoken alternate captain, his name comes up often when the media polls players in the locker-room about leadership issues.

It comes naturally to the Shaunavon, Sask., product who has been to the Stanley Cup final three times in a dozen seasons in the league.

So does the charity work he is involved in. He hosted his fourth annual Warrener and Friends Celebrity Bowling Tournament this year in support of Ronald McDonald House, raising more than $40,000. A regular in many team-organized causes around the city, Warrener is also a great example of perseverance.

Because of the way he plays, the rugged rearguard is often injured. He's played just 31 games this season while dealing with a high-ankle sprain and more recently a fractured ankle that is keeping him out of the playoffs.


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