Forwards Dustin Brown of the Kings, Anaheim’s Ryan Getzlaf, and Jonathan Toews of the Blackhawks were named the three finalists for the Mark Messier Leadership Award, the NHL announced Tuesday.
The award is presented "to the player who exemplifies great leadership qualities to his team, on and off the ice, during the regular season.”
Brown, whose Kings face a Game 7 matchup with the San Jose Sharks in the Stanley Cup playoffs Wednesday night (CBC, CBCSports.ca, 10 p.m. ET), has been the team’s captain for the past six seasons and is a finalist for the third time. A physical player on the ice, Brown donates $50 US per hit to a different charity each season.
Getzlaf, who helped the Ducks advance to the second round, is enjoying another terrific season. He scored a career-high 31 goals and ranked second in the league to Sidney Crosby with 87 points. The Ducks’ captain also hosts the annual Getzlaf Golf Shootout — the third instalment raised $300,000 for CureDuchenne in September.
Another star who helped guide his team to the second round, Toews has been Chicago’s captain since the 2008-09 season and volunteers to grant wishes through the Make-A-Wish Foundation. He is also a finalist for the Selke Trophy, given to the NHL's best defensive forward.
Both Toews and Getzlaf helped lead Canada to a second consecutive gold medal at the Sochi Olympics in February.
The award winners will be announced June 24 in Las Vegas.