April 24, 2018
The National Hockey League announced today that Philadelphia Flyers forward Wayne Simmonds is one of three finalists for the Mark Messier NHL Leadership Award.
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."
Defenseman Deryk Engelland of the Vegas Golden Knights and right wing Blake Wheeler of the Winnipeg Jets are the other two finalists.
Simmonds recorded his fifth straight 20-goal season and propelled the Flyers to a 42-26-14 record and berth in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. He finished his seventh season with the Flyers, posting 24 goals and 46 points in 75 regular season games, including five game-winning goals. He also led the team with 11 power-play goals.
In the community, he hosted a different military unit in a private suite during every other home game, meeting each group at the end of the evening.
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, who has served on the board of directors for the Ed Snider Youth Hockey Foundation since 2014, continued to spend significant time with children from the program.
He also made efforts to grow the sport in his hometown of Scarborough, Ont., where he has hosted Wayne's Road Hockey Warriors each summer since 2012.
Simmonds joins teammate Sean Couturier, who was named a finalist for the Frank J. Selke Award as the "best defensive forward", at the NHL Awards Show in Las Vegas.
The 2018 NHL Awards™ presented by Hulu will be held Wednesday, June 20, at The Joint, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino's state-of-the-art concert and entertainment venue. It marks the second year that the NHL Awards™ will be held at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, home to world-class entertainment, dining and party hotspots as well as concerts and special events. NBCSN and Sportsnet will broadcast the event live in the United States and Canada, respectively, at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT.
COURTESY: Philadelphia Flyers PR