Daniel Alfredsson wins Mark Messier Leadership Award, presented by greatest captain of all-time (and Bridgestone)

Ottawa Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson won the 2012-13 Mark Messier NHL Leadership Award, which is given to “the player who exemplifies great leadership qualities to his team, on and off the ice during the regular season.”

It’s presented by Bridgestone, because someone’s getting’ paid.

Alfredsson of the Ottawa Senators, Dustin Brown of the Los Angeles Kings and Jonathan Toews of the Chicago Blackhawks are the three finalists for the award. Alfredsson is the only one of three to proclaim that his team was “probably not” going to rally for a series victory down 3-1 in the conference semifinals. Leadership!

Messier “solicits suggestions from club and League personnel and NHL fans to compile a list of potential candidates.” But the ultimate decision is left up to Messier himself.

From the NHL:

Alfredsson, the NHL’s longest-serving active captain, leads the Senators in numerous categories, including career games played, goals, assists and points. He has taken a leadership role off of the ice as well, working with the Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa, the Royal Ottawa Foundation for Mental Health and the Sens Foundation.

Alfredsson has supported the Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa for the past 10 seasons, purchasing tickets and suites for club members to attend Senators games and serving as title sponsor of Ringside for Youth, the club’s primary fundraising event during the season. Since 2008, he also has been the spokesperson and champion for the Royal’s “You Know Who I Am” campaign, leading the way to help reduce the stigma surrounding mental health issues. In addition, Alfredsson has supported the Royal’s “Do It for Daron” campaign to assist in raising the profile of youth mental health issues.

Snark aside, Alfredsson deserves the spotlight for his achievements off the ice, and it’s nice to see him get one.

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