If Mark Giordano somehow doesn’t win the Norris Trophy he will still have the chance to take home some hardware at the 2019 NHL Awards. Today the NHL announced that Giordano is a finalist for the Mark Messier NHL Leadership Award. The award is given to the player that “exemplifies leadership qualities on and off the ice.”
Giordano have some fairly stiff competition with the likes of Wayne Simmonds (Nashville) and Justin Williams (Carolina) as the other two finalists. All three players are entrenched in their communities with programs that range from charities benefiting local schools, helping local military veterans to youth skills camps.
The Mark Messier NHL Leadership Awards was first handed out in 2006-07 with Chris Chelios (Detroit) winning the inaugural award. Last season’s winner was former Calgary Flames defenceman Deryk Engelland, collecting the award as a member of the Vegas Golden Knights. Jarome Iginla was the last and only Flames player to win the award, winning it in the 2008-09 season.
The NHL Awards presented by Bridgestone will take place on June 19th at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas at 8 PM ET.