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Mark Giordano is a Mark Messier Leadership Award finalist

The Calgary Flames’ captain is up for another major National Hockey League award. Mark Giordano has been named a finalist for the Mark Messier Leadership Award.

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The Mark Messier Leadership Award is awarded annually to an “Individual who leads by positive example through on-ice performance, motivation of team members and a dedication to community activities and charitable cause.”

Giordano, 35, has been the Flames captain since the 2013-14 season and has been a fixture in the Norris Trophy conversation in that span. This past season he had a career year and led the Flames to their best regular season finish in 30 years. He’s also been repeatedly honoured for his off-ice contributions, notably the Team Giordano educational initiative that he runs with his wife, Lauren.

Giordano was a finalist for this award in 2016-17 (Columbus’ Nick Foligno won). Jarome Iginla won the award in 2008-09.

  • Scooby

    Well deserved, not much you can say about Gio to the contrary. No question – we would miss him if he was gone, though I must admit there are times I have thought about what we would get for trading him. Loyalty seems to have a consequence in the new NHL. How many of you think trading him is an option? What would be the return?

    • Albertabeef

      Well he did not have a good playoff. Was it an injury? Was it bad luck? Was it PTSD for McBroken? Or is he showing major cracks in his game. His leadership has disappeared in the playoffs twice in a row. How many years does he have left in him? Is trading him worth it? He should be able to land you a really good player off a really deep “win now” team.

    • withachance

      guy is about to win a norris, and the immediate reaction is to trade him because the team couldnt win in the playoffs. I fail to see how trading your leader and best defenceman in the league makes your team better.

      • Heeeeere’s Johnny

        In a past life I covered EDM as part of my work territory. I worked with Messier’s sister and at times we would all be out for drinks with Mark in the back corner trying to stay out of the limelight. I have to say he was a really great human being to engage with one on one. On the ice he was a beast and easy to hate as a Flames fan. Off the ice … I’ve got lots of time for him. And I wouldn’t question his value as a leader to any team he played with.

      • Em Durp Em Hrudey

        Oh my mistake….I thought the award was for leadership….thanks for the clarification that it is about being placed on a dynasty team and winning…..my bad. If this is the case Gio has no chance because he has not won…please don’t play it again sam.

        • Beer League Coach

          Messier is the player who made the 80’s Oilers into a dynasty. Don’t underestimate the contribution that he made to that team. Without Mess, K. Lowe wouldn’t know anything at all about winning.

    • KootenayFlamesFan

      It is. To be fair though, the only time I noticed him last night was when he got clobbered in his own end. Still pillow soft. And terrible defensively. He’s not the reason they are where they are.

      • Toma41

        3g 3a and a +3. Better than all the flames defense. He might make bad mistakes but his offense makes up for it. Plus he is now in the second round. Calgary is not.

          • Toma41

            Blake comeau has a goal and assist. Better than Johnny and tied with Monny. Sometimes it’s ok to look at stats. They’re their for a reason. Million dollar contracts are signed based on them. You’re talking like our defense was any good. They all played terrible other than Andersson. atleast dougie would have scored.

          • withachance

            Sidney Crosby only has 1A this playoffs. Kucherov only had 2A. We’ve seen players get monster numbers in one playoffs and then disappear for the rest of their career…

            Saying Comeau has a goal and an assist or Dougie has 6pts really doesnt tell me anything about the quality of the players, only that heavyweight teams underacheived, and underdogs overacheived. take a 7 game sample and terrible players can look like world beaters.

        • Beer League Coach

          The Canes are doing a great job of carrying Dougie. It has happened before. K. Lowe has 5 Cup rings simply because he was a team mate of one Mark Messier.

  • Getpucksdeep

    A playoff for the record books. That’s all 4 division leaders including the Presidents trophy winner and defending cup champs eliminated. All 4 wild cards advance! If that isn’t proof there’s parity in the NHL I don’t know what is.