Calgary’s captain was not named a finalist for the Norris Trophy, but he’ll be headed to Las Vegas in late June anyway.
Mark Giordano was named a finalist for the NHL Foundation Player Award, as revealed on Sportsnet’s pre-game festivities last night. San Jose’s Brent Burns and the Rangers’ Henrik Lindqvist are the other finalists. The award goes annually to a player that more or less exemplifies good citizenship within their community, though it also goes to a high-end player. (It’s quite similar to the King Clancy Award in that respect.)
Past winners of the award include Patrice Bergeron, Henrik Zetterberg, Trevor Linden and Jarome Iginla.
From the league, Giordano’s credentials:
The Flames’ captain has demonstrated a strong commitment off the ice throughout his tenure in Calgary. In 2011, Giordano and his wife launched “5-for-5,” a community program – in partnership with Habitat for Humanity – in which they donated $25,000 for three seasons to help build five homes in five countries (including Kenya, Ethiopia, India and the Philippines). He also created Team Giordano in the fall, donating $100,000 to provide resources and support for three Calgary schools. Beyond these personal endeavors, Giordano continues to participate in various team initiatives, including visits to Ronald McDonald House and Alberta Children’s Hospital.
Giordano joins Jiri Hudler (Lady Byng) and Johnny Gaudreau (Calder) as finalists for league awards. The Jack Adams finalists will be announced later this week.