Shanahan wins Mark Messier Leadership Award
YORK -- Today at a press conference in New
York, Mark Messier, six-time Stanley Cup(R) champion and 16-time
All-Star, presented the first-ever Mark Messier Leadership Award
York Rangers left wing, Brendan Shanahan, in recognition of his
exemplary leadership on and off the ice.
Stanley Cup champion and seven-time NHL All-Star signed
as an unrestricted free agent with the New York Rangers for the
2006-2007 season. Shanahan has already registered 12 goals and eight
assists for 20 points in 15 games to start the 2006-07 season. He
recorded six multi-point games and at least one point in 13 of the
team's 15 games thus far. Shanahan's 10 goals in October led the
Rangers and tied for the league lead with Buffalo's Chris Drury
Atlanta's Marian Hossa. Among league leaders, Shanahan is in the
ten in several offensive categories, including goals (3rd), power
goals (T-3rd), points (10th), power play points (T-5th) and shots
6th, this 19-year veteran was named the NHL's "Third Star"
of the week when he tallied two goals and three assists in four
On opening night, in his Rangers/MSG debut on October 5 vs. Washington,
he tallied two goals, including his 600th career NHL goal, to become
only the 15th player in NHL history to reach that milestone. To
Shanahan is tied for 12th among the NHL's all-time goal scoring
(610) and ranks 32nd all-time in points with 1,252. One of the
highlights of his career was playing on the gold medal winning Canadian
team at the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City.
to New York, Shanahan has been an outstanding presence in
the Rangers' dressing room. With his wealth of experience, he has
able to assist Jaromir Jagr and Martin Straka in leading a youthful
with talented experience to an 8-6-1 overall record and a 6-2-0
on the road.
key word about Brendan is his presence," says Rangers coach
Renney. "It's his presence on the ice, in our locker room and
practice -- wherever he is, he's a real gentleman."
do his past accomplishments and on-ice achievements make his
teammates pay attention when he speaks, but his dedication to the
community and continued cooperation with the media show them what
takes to be a true professional. He quietly and without fanfare
out to many people in need and his giving spirit knows no bounds.
is truly an honor to present the first award to Brendan Shanahan.
Over the years I have played with Brendan representing Canada in
International competition and against him through most of my career.
have always known him to be the ultimate professional both on and
the ice," says Mark Messier. "His work ethic is incredible
dedication to his team motivates his teammates to make the same
commitment. He has had an impressive start this season and his
contributions away from the game speak to the leadership skills
embodies as a person. Brendan will be a key component of the New
Rangers' success this season providing leadership on the ice, in
dressing room and through his dedication to the community."
won the NHL's King Clancy Memorial Trophy in 2002-03 as the
"player who best exemplifies leadership qualities on and off
the ice and
has made a noteworthy humanitarian contribution in his community."
While playing in Detroit, Shanahan joined forces with the Detroit
Department to institute a program in honor of his late father who
firefighter. To prevent unnecessary house fire related deaths, he
started a program with the City of Detroit to assist low-income
with the purchase and installation of smoke detectors. Shanahan
purchased the first 800 detectors for the program and produced a
Service Announcement to support the campaign. Due to his generosity
commitment, the Detroit Fire Department named Shanahan their Outstanding
Citizen of the Year.
is also active with the Make-A-Wish Foundation, often visiting
and hosting terminally ill children and adults at games and practices.
When Shanahan scored his 400th career goal, he sent the special
a child suffering from cancer who was also named Brendan. The two
formed an unbreakable bond with family visits to Red Wings home
continuing over the next three years. When the younger Brendan
eventually lost his battle with cancer, Shanahan saluted his friend
scoring a hat trick just days after losing his young buddy. The
day he served as a pallbearer at his funeral as Brendan's superstar
friend, not as a superstar athlete.
Mark Messier Leadership Award(TM), presented by COLD-fX+*, is
being inaugurated during the 2006/07 NHL season. It will be given
player selected by Mark who best exemplifies leadership skills on
off the ice. The criteria for the award includes athletic performance,
the ability to motivate and influence teammates, a commitment to
community and charitable causes, a dedication to a professional
and as a representative of their sport and as a positive role model
course of the season, five NHL players will be honored with
monthly awards. The NHL will assist in the identification and
qualification of potential recipients with the final decision being
by Mark. COLD-fX, the official immune enhancer of the NHL, will
$5,000 to each of the five winner's favorite charities. Each winner
will also receive a COLD-fX Luxury Healthy Lifestyle gift basket,
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At the end
of the regular season, one overall Leader of the Year for the
2006/07 NHL season will be named the recipient of the Mark Messier
Leadership Award presented by COLD-fX. The Leader of the Year will
their name permanently engraved on the Mark Messier Leadership Award.
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