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Chara wins the Mark Messier Leadership Award

Wednesday, 06.22.2011 / 7:20 PM

By Shawn P. Roarke - NHL.com Senior Managing Editor / NHL Awards Blog presented by GEICO

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Chara wins the Mark Messier Leadership Award
Boston defenseman Zdeno Chara was named the Mark Messier NHL Leadership Award presented by Bridgestone winner Wednesday night.

Messier, the NHL legend, hailed Chara not only for his on-ice contributions as the team captain, but also for his off-ice charitable initiatives.

Chara, who was up for the Norris Trophy, but lost to Detroit's Nicklas Lidstrom, is a long-time supporter of Right To Play, a program that uses sport to improve thge lives of children from disadvantaged areas. He also was a big contributor to the Bruins' PJ Drive and Cuts for a Cause.