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Brown, Toews, Alfredsson up for Messier Leadership Award

May 20, 2013, 10:32 AM EDT

Daniel Alfredsson #11 of the Ottawa Senators handles the puck against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game One of the Eastern Conference Semifinals during the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Consol Energy Center on May 14, 2013 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Penguins defeated the Senators 4-1.
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A trio of team captains, Los Angeles’ Dustin Brown, Chicago’s Jonathan Toews, and Ottawa’s Daniel Alfredsson have been announced by the NHL as the Mark Messier NHL Leadership Award nominees.

The award is for “the player who exemplifies great leadership qualities to his team, on and off the ice during the regular season.”

After leading the Kings to the Stanley Cup last year, Brown has once again helped the Kings get deep into the playoffs with his mixture of skill and grit. He had 29 points and ranked eighth in the NHL with 156 hits in the regular season.

Since 2008-09, Brown has donated $50 to charity for every hit he delivers, which has benefited, among others, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. He was also selected as the Kings’ Most Popular Player for the 2013 campaign.

Toews was the fourth-youngest captain in NHL history when he got started and he was just 22 when the Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup. Toews has developed into a point-per-game player, but he’s an equally effective player in all situations situations, as evidenced by his Selke Trophy nomination.

Toews aides the Make-A-Wish Foundation and last fall he also participated in the “Goals for Dreams Hockey Challenge” to raise money for the Children’s Hospital Foundation and the Dream Factory.

Alfredsson, more than any other player in the team’s 21-year history, represents the Ottawa Senators. He is the franchise’s all-time leader in games, goals, and assists, in addition to a variety of other categories. In what could be his last year before retirement, the 40-year-old forward is still a major contributor, as exemplified by his last minute, game-tying, shorthanded goal last night against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Off the ice, Alfredsson has supported the Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa for the past 10 seasons. He also has helped raise awareness of youth mental-health issues through his support of Royal Ottawa Foundation for Mental Health’s “Do It for Daron” campaign.

  1. ethanmacleod1685 - May 20, 2013 at 11:47 AM

    Don’t like any of these players

    • valoisjoeybfeld69 - May 20, 2013 at 12:18 PM

      ok. but do you recognize how good they are or is it personal?

  2. dumbassgreg - May 20, 2013 at 12:37 PM

    along with joe namath if you win in new york is made a bigger deal the sliced bread.. he became greatest leader history of the world bigger then .jesus,buddha,mohammad,gandhi.MLk all in one. true leadership style was follow me blindly. if you don’t or are more popular then me(trevor linden in vancouver) you ass is gone.never let a team to playoffs after 1994. those in new york or vancouver did after he left.did a great job leading canada at spengler cup/world champoinships a few year ago teams tanked. amazing for a great leader how many players said no .will take steve yzerman for a leadership anyday of the week.notice only injured players said no to yzerman. also notice how many players wear 19 for yzerman/sakic .reality this award is for a potato chip commercial.

  3. northstarnic - May 20, 2013 at 1:53 PM

    Not DB! For all the good he brings to his team, he plays too close to that line that separates a gritty physical player and a plain old dirty player. I find it hard at times not to be a fan of his, but then he pulls one of his classic dangerous plays, often injuring an opponent. (But of course rarely being disciplined by Sham-ahan). either of the other two would be deserving recipients.

  4. prd797 - May 20, 2013 at 3:24 PM

    I’d like to see Alfredsson win it. The guy is representative of the Senstors franchise and his leadership has been of paramount importance for this banged up Sens team to get to where they are. Guys like Toews or Brown have plenty of chances to win again, Alfredsson really deserves it as an ode to this Sens team and his contribution in leading a very young group through a unique season.

    • prd797 - May 20, 2013 at 3:25 PM


      Damn phone…

    • 19to77 - May 20, 2013 at 3:48 PM

      Playing out your whole career with one team (regardless of free agency questions – even the great Joe Sakic signed an offer sheet with the Rangers once) and staying with them through thick and thin surely has to count for something. You’re right. Alfredsson deserves this.

    • rodeoclowndc - May 20, 2013 at 3:57 PM

      Agreed. Vote for Fred.

  5. blackhawksdynasty - May 20, 2013 at 6:40 PM

    My vote goes to Alfie. Toews is certainly worty of this award, and will probably win it in the near future. This year it should be the captain of the Senators. Job well done.

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