SAN JOSE -- Forward Brent Burns has been nominated by the Sharks for the King Clancy Memorial Trophy for leadership and making a noteworthy "humanitarian contribution in his community."

Burns is heavily involved with Defending the Blueline, a national non-profit devoted to helping military families participate in hockey at any level. Since coming to the Sharks in June 2011, for example, Burns has donated a suite at SAP Center for use by military families.

The 29-year-old Burns also devotes hours of his own time to fund-raising efforts through the Sharks Foundation. His decision to shave his head and beard for charity this season rasied $60,000.

Each team nominates a player for the King Clancy and the winner is announced at the NHL's annual awards ceremony in late June.