Mark Messier Leadership Award

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Mark Messier Leadership Award
Established 2006–07 NHL season
Current holder(s) Dustin Brown
Awarded to the Individual who leads by positive example through on-ice performance, motivation of team members and a dedication to community activities and charitable causes.[1]

The Mark Messier Leadership Award is a National Hockey League (NHL) award that recognizes an individual as a superior leader within their sport, and as a contributing member of society. The award is given to a player selected by Mark Messier to honor an individual who leads by positive example through on-ice performance, motivation of team members and a dedication to community activities and charitable causes. It was first awarded during 2006–07 NHL season and sponsored by Cold-fX.

History[edit]

The Mark Messier Leadership Award worked quite differently in its first season compared to most other trophies in the NHL. In 2006–07, five players were honored with monthly awards as selected by the NHL based on the qualification of potential recipients, while the final decision was made by Mark Messier.[1] The league did not announce monthly winners in 2007–08. At the end of the regular season, one player is chosen as the Leader of the Year. The first winner of the annual award was Chris Chelios of the Detroit Red Wings.[2]

The award was named after Mark Messier, a longtime player in the NHL. Messier is, to date, the only person to be the captain of two different teams that won the Stanley Cup, doing so with the Edmonton Oilers in 1990 and the New York Rangers in 1994.[3]

Winners[edit]

Key
  Player is still active in the NHL
Chris Chelios, the first winner of the annual award.
Year Winner Team Month Monthly Recipient Team
2006–07 Chris Chelios[2] Detroit Red Wings November Brendan Shanahan[4] New York Rangers
December Scott Niedermayer[5] Anaheim Ducks
January Sidney Crosby[6] Pittsburgh Penguins
February Vincent Lecavalier[7] Tampa Bay Lightning
March Roberto Luongo[8] Vancouver Canucks
2007–08 Mats Sundin[9] Toronto Maple Leafs
2008–09 Jarome Iginla Calgary Flames
2009–10 Sidney Crosby Pittsburgh Penguins
2010–11 Zdeno Chara Boston Bruins
2011–12 Shane Doan Phoenix Coyotes
2012–13 Daniel Alfredsson Ottawa Senators
2013–14 Dustin Brown Los Angeles Kings

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Leadership Award". Cold fX. Archived from the original on 2007-10-09. Retrieved 2007-10-02. 
  2. ^ a b "Chelios named Messier Leader of the Year". TSN. 2007-05-30. Archived from the original on 2007-10-07. Retrieved 2007-10-05. 
  3. ^ "Mark John Douglas Messier". Hockey Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2008-11-02. 
  4. ^ "Shanahan wins leader award". CBC. 2006-11-14. Retrieved 2007-11-30. 
  5. ^ "Crosby takes starring role for week". The Sporting News. 2006-12-19. Retrieved 2008-11-02. 
  6. ^ "Mark Messier hands Sid the Kid the monthly NHL leadership award". The Hockey News. 2007-01-24. Retrieved 2012-07-16. 
  7. ^ "Vincent Lecavalier Receives Mark Messier Leadership Award, Presented By COLD-FX". Center Ice Magazine. 2007-02-20. Retrieved 2008-11-02. [dead link]
  8. ^ "Luongo receives Messier leadership award". Toronto Star. 2007-03-21. Retrieved 2007-10-02. .
  9. ^ "Sundin Receives Messier Leadership Award". Toronto Maple Leafs. 2008-05-28. Retrieved 2008-05-29.