The second time was the charm for Calgary Flames captain Mark Giordano.
After being nominated for the NHL Foundation Player Award last year and failing to capture the honour, Giordano was announced as the 2015-16 recipient of the award. He’s the second Flames player to capture the award, following his predecessor as team captain, Jarome Iginla, in 2004.
The NHL Foundation Player Award recognizes an NHL player who applies the core values of hockey – commitment, perseverance and teamwork – to enrich the lives of people in his community.
From the NHL’s release:
Giordano’s leadership and dedication on the ice only are paralleled by his various
initiatives away from the rink. For the past two seasons, Giordano and his wife have partnered
with the Calgary Board of Education to create a unique community program called Team
Giordano – which provides resources to four low-income Calgary schools. Funding from Team
Giordano supports the purchase of computers, journals and other school supplies as well as floor
hockey equipment. Students in the program are encouraged to achieve their goals using the “5 G’s” Giordano believes are the keys to success. Since its inception, Team Giordano has donated
$200,000 to its four schools, impacting the lives of 1,400 students.
The award comes with a $25,000 donation by the NHL Foundation to a charitable organization of the player’s choice; Giordano has chosen the Calgary Flames Foundation, which supports the Team Giordano initiative.