Mark Giordano of the Calgary Flames won the Mark Messier NHL Leadership Award on Sunday, presented to the player who exemplifies great leadership qualities on and off the ice and who plays a leading role in his community growing the game of hockey.
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“This is a huge honor for me and my family,” Giordano said. “To have my name on an award, the Mark Messier Award … and knowing that (former Flames teammate) Jarome Iginla won this award as well, a guy that when I came into the League was my captain and my leader and learned so many great things from him on the ice, but more importantly off the ice, the way he treated people and acted in the community.”
Giordano 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. The initiative has raised $400,000 and impacted the lives of 2,900 students. Giordano also participated in other community endeavors, including the Flames literacy program, the You Can Play Project and the Calgary Pride Parade. He’s also an ambassador for inclusion access and development of hockey through Calgary Flames Foundation programming.
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“I have to thank our ownership group,” Giordano said. “They’re the true leaders of our organization. They’ve taught me how to give back in the community and set such a good example for me and all the other good players on our team.
“I’ve been here 15 years now and learning so much from so many different people within the organization, but also in the community of Calgary, such a great community with so many great people willing to give back. Last but definitely not least, my teammates along the way. We have such a great group of guys in our dressing room year in and year out. Without the leadership of my teammates and allowing me to be a leader in my own way, this obviously wouldn’t be possible.”
The defenseman scored 31 points (five goals, 26 assists) in 60 regular-season games. He helped the Flames advance to the Stanley Cup Playoffs, where they lost to the Dallas Stars in six games in the Western Conference First Round.
Giordano, who was a finalist for the award last season, won the NHL Foundation Player Award in 2015-16, which was given to the NHL player who best demonstrated commitment, perseverance and teamwork to enrich the lives of people in his community. The award was discontinued for the 2017-18 season.
“The Mark Messier Leadership Award not only focuses on what the players are doing and their great capabilities on the ice, but maybe more importantly what they’re doing in their leadership capabilities off the ice to inspire young boys and girls to fulfill their dreams and to help grow the game in their own communities,” Messier said.
The 2020 NHL Awards had been scheduled for June 18 in Las Vegas but were postponed March 25 due to concerns surrounding the coronavirus.