Jonathan Toews wins NHL’s Messier Leadership Award

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Jonathan Toews won the Messier Leadership Award on Wednesday night.

LAS VEGAS – He might not have struck it rich on the first honor he was up for Wednesday night, but he was able to get at least part of a jackpot in Vegas.

A candidate for two NHL Awards, Toews got received the Mark Messier Leadership Trophy at the league’s annual celebration at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino.

Started in 2007, the award is given to a player “in recognition of his commitment and service to charities in his community.” He beat out former Blackhawks teammate and current Winnipeg Jet Andrew Ladd along with Anaheim’s Ryan Getzlaf for the award.

In their official release on the award the NHL cited Toews’ work off the ice in both Chicago and in his home province of Manitoba, Canada as part of the reason he was bestowed the honor.

Toews nearly came home with two awards but just fell short of winning the Frank Selke Award for best defensive forward. He finished second to Boston’s Patrice Bergeron.

It was also announced that Toews along with Patrick Kane will grace the cover of EA Sports’ NHL 2016 video game which will be released next fall.

Corey Crawford shared the Jennings Trophy for fewest goals allowed with at least 25 games played with Montreal’s Carey Price.


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