Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews was named a finalist for the Mark Messier Leadership Award on Tuesday morning, the second time in as many seasons he’s been among the finalists.
Ryan Getzlaf of the Anaheim Ducks and Dustin Brown of the Los Angeles Kings are also finalists for the award, which is presented annually to the player “who exemplifies great leadership qualities on and off the ice.” The award winner is decided by Messier.
Toews, who turned 26 on Tuesday, has served as the captain of the Blackhawks since 2008-09. Among his charitable efforts, Toews volunteers to grant wishes through the Make-A-Wish Foundation, including a special skating session with 4-year-old Nicholas Skretkowski prior to the 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series at Soldier Field.
Daniel Alfredsson won the award last season.