Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews was among the three finalists for the Mark Messier NHL Leadership Award, the league announced this morning.
The award is presented to the player "who exemplifies great leadership qualities to his team, on and off the ice, during the regular season." Daniel Alfredsson of the Ottawa Senators and Dustin Brown of the Los Angeles Kings are the other two finalists. Messier accepts suggestions from club and league personnel, as well as league fans, to get potential candidates; he selects the finalists and winner of the award.
Toews was named Blackhawks captain in 2008, when he was 20 years old; at the time, he was the third-youngest captain in league history.