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Messier NHL Leadership Award finalists unveiled

The award is given annually to the player who exemplifies great leadership qualities to his team, on and off the ice, during the regular season and plays a role in his community growing the game of hockey.

The winner will be announced at the 2019 NHL Awards presented by Bridgestone at the Mandalay Bay Events Center sports and entertainment complex in Las Vegas on June 19.

Messier solicited suggestions from teams and League personnel and fans, but the former Edmonton Oilers, New York Rangers and Vancouver Canucks captain makes the final selection of the three finalists and the winner.

The 35-year-old partnered with the Calgary Board of Education in 2014 to launch Team Giordano to promote improved physical fitness and academics, as well as leadership development, at five high-needs schools in the area.

Much of his off-ice work took place in Philadelphia where the 30-year-old forward is a board member of the Ed Snider Youth Hockey Foundation (ESYHF), and while with the Flyers visited community rinks and engaged students.

Simmonds was honorary chairman of the foundation's annual golf tournament four straight years and worked with the planning committee in hosting the organization's Willie O'Ree Skills Weekend, writing welcome letters to each participant.

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