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.
"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.