Daniel Alfredsson of the Ottawa Senators, Dustin Brown of the Los Angeles Kings and Jonathan Toews of the Chicago
Blackhawks are the three finalists for the 2012-13 Mark Messier NHL
Leadership Award presented by Bridgestone, which is presented to “the
player who exemplifies great leadership qualities to his team, on and off
the ice during the regular season,” the National Hockey League announced
Mark solicits suggestions from club and League personnel and
NHL fans to compile a list of potential candidates. However, the selection
of the three finalists and ultimate winner is Mark's alone.
Following are profiles on the finalists for the 2012-13 Mark Messier NHL
Leadership Award presented by Bridgestone, in alphabetical order:
Daniel Alfredsson, Ottawa Senators
Alfredsson, the NHL’s longest-serving active captain, leads the
Senators in numerous categories, including games played, goals, assists and
points. He has taken a leadership role off of the ice as well, working with
the Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa, the Royal Ottawa Foundation for Mental
Health and the Sens Foundation.
Alfredsson has supported the Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa for the past 10 seasons, purchasing tickets and suites for
club members to attend Senators games and serving as title sponsor of
Ringside for Youth, the club’s primary fundraising event during the season.
Since 2008, he also has been the spokesperson and champion for the Royal’s
“You Know Who I Am” campaign, leading the way to help reduce the stigma
surrounding mental health issues. In addition, Alfredsson has supported the
Royal’s “Do It for Daron” campaign to assist in raising the profile of
youth mental health issues.
Dustin Brown, Los Angeles Kings
Brown has spent his entire nine-year NHL career with the Kings,
serving as their captain for the past five seasons. He was selected as the
Kings’ Most Popular Player this season and is known for his physical
playing style, which consistently places him among the League leaders in
Capitalizing on his aggressive style of play to help others, Brown
makes a $50 donation for each hit he delivers to his opponents – a
contribution he has made since the 2008-09 season. Those benefiting from
this charitable initiative include the Newborn and Infant Critical Care
Unit at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and KABOOM!, a relationship that
has raised $60,000 and culminated with a special playground built in
Carson, Calif., in September 2010.
Jonathan Toews, Chicago Blackhawks
Toews was named captain of the Blackhawks in 2008 when he was just
20-years-old, making him the third-youngest captain in NHL history at the
time. While his leadership on the ice is undisputed, his role off the ice
with various children’s charitable causes makes him an undeniable role
model to fans.
In his spare time, Toews volunteers to grant wishes through
the Make-A-Wish Foundation and visits with patients at the local children’s
hospital and Chicago’s Misericordia. Last fall, he returned home to join
the Winnipeg Patrolmen Hockey Club and other NHL players for the “Goals for
Dreams Hockey Challenge,” which helped raise $80,000 for the Children’s
Hospital Foundation and the Dream Factory, a charity that grants dreams for
critically and chronically ill children.