The NHL announced the finalists for the Mark Messier Leadership Award and they include three notable team captains; Daniel Alfredsson of the Ottawa Senators, Dustin Brown of the Los Angeles Kings and Jonathan Toews from the Chicago Blackhawks.
Messier himself will choose the winner and while the award is recognizing the player’s efforts to lead on the ice, the award also focuses on those players that provide a dedication to their local communities, activities and charity causes.
All three finalists are always mentioned when you hear about local charities or community events, it’s what makes these players’ leaders.
The award which was founded in 2006-07 was first presented to legendary defenseman Chris Chelios. Mats Sundin, Jarome Iginla, Sidney Crosby, Zdeno Chara and Shane Doan have followed as the recipients of the award, making it a list of who’s who that take home the hardware.
Regardless of who wins the award this season, it’s another name that represents tremendous leadership around the game of hockey. It’s also fitting that all three players are still playing in the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup playoffs, reminding us all that they are true leaders that help their clubs perform at the highest level possible.
May the best man win.