Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf
has been named a finalist for the 2014-15 Mark Messier Leadership Award presented by Bridgestone.
The Mark Messier NHL Leadership Award presented by Bridgestone has been awarded since 2006-07 and is given “to the player who exemplifies great leadership qualities to his team, on and off the ice during the regular season.” The selection of the three finalists and the ultimate winner is made by Mark Messier, a six-time Stanley Cup champion and one of three players to have captained three NHL teams (Edmonton, New York Rangers, Vancouver). The winner will be announced Wednesday, June 24 during the 2015 NHL Awards in Las Vegas.
Anaheim’s captain since 2010-11, Getzlaf led the Ducks with 25-45=70 during the regular season to power the club to its second consecutive Western Conference title. Off the ice, he continued his philanthropic endeavors throughout Orange County, highlighted by the annual Getzlaf Golf Shootout. This year’s event generated more than $300,000 for CureDuchenne, a nonprofit that raises awareness and funds research for those suffering from the progressive muscle-wasting disease. Getzlaf also continued his efforts to grow hockey in Southern California, partnering with teammate Corey Perry to support the Anaheim Ducks Learn to Play Program powered by Ryan Getzlaf & Corey Perry, which offers lessons and equipment for first-time hockey players ages 4-12.
Selected by Anaheim in the first round (19th overall) of the 2003 NHL Draft, Getzlaf scored 25-45=70 points with a +15 rating and 62 penalty minutes in 77 regular-season games. Getzlaf led the Ducks in scoring, assists and takeaways (55), ranked second in game winning goals (6) and power-play points (3-10=13), and third in shooting percentage (13.1) and shots on net (191). He finished the season ranked tied for fourth among NHL leaders in primary assists (31), tied for third in even-strength scoring (22-33=55) and 10th in even-strength assists (33). He also co-led the NHL in overtime scoring (2-3=5) and ranked tied for fourth in OT assists.