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Crosby, Doan, Miller Nominated For Messier Award

The NHL, and Mark Messier himself, announced the nominees for the 2010 Mark Messier Leadership Award prior to Game Three of the Stanley Cup final between the Chicago Blackhawks and the Philadelphia Flyers yesterday. The award, created in 2006-2007, is given to the player who ” leads by positive example through on-ice performance, motivation of team members and a dedication to community activities and charitable causes.” Suggestions for the nominees come from all over, including the fans, clubs, and NHL personnel, but the ultimate decision is made by Messier himself.

The winner will be announced at this year’s NHL Awards show on June 23rd at the Palms Hotel in Las Vegas. Here are this year’s nominees for the Mark Messier Leadership Award”

Sidney Crosby (Pittsburgh Penguins)-
Drafted first overall  in 2005 by the Pittsburgh Penguins, Sidney Crosby became the new face of the NHL. Throughout his few short years in the league he has done the unheard of. He became the youngest player to not only captain a team, at 19 years old, but to hoist Lord Stanley’s Cup above his head at 21. On top of that, Crosby has taken his team to the finals twice, scored the game winning goal for Team Canada in this year’s Olympic Gold Medal Game, and has managed 100+ points in four out of his five seasons in the NHL.

Off the ice, he displays leadership for not just his team but for his home province of Nova Scotia with the Sidney Crosby Foundation. The foundation was created in 2009 and provides financial support for charities all across Nova Scotia, specifically ones catered to children. When Crosby won the gold with Canada in February, he donated his 20,000 bonus to his foundation. The donation was then matched by Olympic sponsor Bell Canada.

Crosby is also a finalist for the Ted Lindsey Award (Lester B. Pearson) and Hart Memorial trophy.

Shane Doan (Phoenix Coyotes)-
No other player on the Phoenix Coyotes roster has been with the franchise as long as Captain Shane Doan. Throughout his 14-year career, Doan has filled a leadership role for eight, whether it was the “A” or the “C” on his chest. But wearing a letter isn’t all what signifies the leader in Doan. Over the past year, the Coyotes had more to deal with then just winning games and fighting their way to the playoffs. The headlines in 2009 weren’t who scored what goal or who won what contest, but that the Coyotes were looking at bankruptcy and the possibility of another relocation. Despite the unneeded distraction, Doan managed to shift that focus to the game and help lead his team into the playoffs for the first time since the 2001-2002 season.

Off the ice, Doan is involved in numerous charities. In 2006, Canadian Liberal MP Denis Coderre requested Doan be removed from the Team Canada roster due to alleged racial slurs he made during a game against the Montreal Canadiens. Doan filed a lawsuit against Coderre for defamation and while the case is still in the courts, he plans to donate any damages he is awarded to charity.

Other charitable efforts include the annual Recchi-Doan Golf Classic, skating with over 200 underprivileged children in the Scottsdale area, and along with the rest of the team and their wives purchasing toys, games, and learning tools for children at Phoenix Children’s Hospital.

Ryan Miller (Buffalo Sabres)-
Ryan Miller had his best season to date, and is most known this season for his incredible play during the 2010 Winter Olympics. Miller not only played in the gold medal game for Team USA, but was awarded MVP of the entire tournament. He was also named to the Olympic All-Star team and voted best goaltender. Miller has reached new career high’s for himself as well as leading his team to a Division Championship and its first run in the playoffs since 2007. He is also up for the Vezina Trophy and the NHL Foundation Award at the upcoming awards show.

Off the ice, Miller and his dad are heavily involved in his charity The Steadfast Foundation. The foundation is “dedicated to assisting those afflicted and affected by the consequences of cancer, and especially childhood forms of the disease.” Through fund-raising events and partnerships with other businesses in Buffalo, TSF has raised both funds and awareness for childhood cancer. For more information, or to help with this wonderful cause visit, www.thesteadfastfoundation.com

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