Mark Messier Leadership Award

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Mark Messier Leadership Award
SportIce hockey
Given forIndividual who leads by positive example through on-ice performance, motivation of team members and a dedication to community activities and charitable causes.[1]
First award2006–07 NHL season
Most recentWayne Simmonds
Philadelphia Flyers/Nashville Predators

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 Hockey Hall of Fame center 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.


In its first season, the Mark Messier Leadership Award was awarded quite differently from 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's namesake, Mark Messier, played in the NHL for twenty-five seasons with the Edmonton Oilers, New York Rangers, and Vancouver Canucks; his 1,887 regular-season points are third all-time behind Jaromir Jagr and Wayne Gretzky, and his 1,756 regular-season games second to Gordie Howe. Messier is, to date, the only person to lead two separate franchises to the Stanley Cup as captain, accomplishing this with the Oilers in 1990 and with the Rangers in 1994.[3]


  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[10] Calgary Flames
2009–10 Sidney Crosby[11] Pittsburgh Penguins
2010–11 Zdeno Chara[12] Boston Bruins
2011–12 Shane Doan[13] Phoenix Coyotes
2012–13 Daniel Alfredsson[14] Ottawa Senators
2013–14 Dustin Brown[15] Los Angeles Kings
2014–15 Jonathan Toews[16] Chicago Blackhawks
2015–16 Shea Weber[17] Nashville Predators
2016–17 Nick Foligno[18] Columbus Blue Jackets
2017–18 Deryk Engelland Vegas Golden Knights
2018–19 Wayne Simmonds Philadelphia Flyers/Nashville Predators

See also[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. Archived from the original on 2007-01-23. 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.[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ "Mark Messier hands Sid the Kid the monthly NHL leadership award". The Hockey News. 2007-01-24. Archived from the original on 2014-07-14. Retrieved 2012-07-16.
  7. ^ "Vincent Lecavalier Receives Mark Messier Leadership Award, Presented By COLD-FX". Center Ice Magazine. 2007-02-20. Archived from the original on 2016-03-03. Retrieved 2008-11-02.
  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. Archived from the original on 2008-05-30. Retrieved 2008-05-29.
  10. ^ "NHL Awards Winners". 2009-06-18. Retrieved 2017-06-20.
  11. ^ "Crosby receives Mark Messier NHL Leadership Award Presented by Bridgestone". 2010-06-23. Retrieved 2017-06-20.
  12. ^ Roarke, Shawn P. (2011-06-22). "Chara wins the Mark Messier Leadership Award". Retrieved 2017-06-20.
  13. ^ Green, Adam (2012-06-21). "Shane Doan wins Mark Messier NHL Leadership Award". Arizona Sports 98.7. Retrieved 2017-06-20.
  14. ^ Basu, Arpon (2013-06-14). "Alfredsson on Messier Award: 'humbling experience'". Retrieved 2017-06-20.
  15. ^ "Kings' Brown wins Mark Messier Leadership Award". 2014-04-24. Retrieved 2017-06-20.
  16. ^ "Blackhawks' Toews gets Messier Leadership Award". Retrieved 2017-06-20.
  17. ^ Bratten, Brooks (2016-06-22). "Weber Wins Mark Messier Leadership Award". Nashville Predators. Retrieved 2017-06-20.
  18. ^ "Nick Foligno of Blue Jackets takes home two honors". Retrieved 2017-06-20.