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GIORDANO WINS MARK MESSIER LEADERSHIP AWARD

The NHL announced that Mark Giordano in he winner of the Mark Messier Leadership award on Sunday afternoon.



The award is given to the player who best demonstrates leadership both on and off the ice. Giordano is included in a list of hall of famers who have won this award.

This list includes: Jarome Iginla, Mats Sundin and Chris Chelios. There are many more players who may enter the Hall of Fame at some point as well, such as; Sidney Crosby, Shane Doan and Daniel Alfredsson.

Giordano scored 5 goals and 26 assists for 31 points in 60 games during the 2019-20 season. He was a finalist for the award last season, but was beat out by Wayne Simmonds who played for the Nashville Predators at the time.

Giordano partnered with the Calgary Board of Education in 2014 to launch Team Giordano, which promotes physical fitness and academics as well as leadership development at schools in need around the city of Calgary. Giordano also took part in other community events and programs, including the Flames literacy program, the You Can Play Project and the Calgary Pride Parade.

All of these were the factors into choosing Giordano for the award.

"This is a huge honor for me and my family," Giordano said. "To have my name on an award, the Mark Messier Award and knowing that Jarome Iginla won this award as well, a guy that when I came into the League was my captain and my leader and learned so many great things from him on the ice, but more importantly off the ice, the way he treated people and acted in the community."

This award was the final one to be announced during the conference finals. The final awards will be announced during a 30-minute broadcast during the Stanley Cup finals.

source: nhl.com
CODY STAN
SEPTEMBER 13, 2020  (18H27)
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