Wayne Simmonds named finalist for Mark Messier Leadership Trophy

Updated: April 24, 2018 at 7:53 pm by Brady Trettenero

The NHL has announced that Flyers forward Wayne Simmonds is one of three finalists for the Mark Messier Leadership Award.

Defenseman Deryk Engelland of the Vegas Golden Knights and forward Blake Wheeler of the Winnipeg Jets are the other two finalists.

The award is presented “to the player who exemplifies great leadership qualities to his team, on and off the ice, during the regular season and who plays a leading role in his community growing the game of hockey.”

Simmonds was heavily involved in the community this season, hosting a different military unit in a private suite during every other home game, meeting each group at the end of the night. 

Simmonds also reached out to a group of hockey players from the U.S. Air Force, inviting them to practice and even skating with them following their tour of duty. Simmonds has also served on the board of directors for the Ed Snider Youth Hockey Foundation since 2014.

Simmonds has hosted Wayne’s Road Hockey Warriors each summer since 2012, aiming to grow the sport of hockey in his hometown of Scarborough, Ont.

The Wayne Train recorded his fifth straight 20-goal season to help the Flyers clinch a berth in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. He led the team with 11 power-play goals and delivered in the clutch with five game-winners.

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