The New York Islanders and National Hockey League announced that Islanders captain John Tavares has been named a finalist for the Mark Messier NHL Leadership Award. The Mark Messier NHL Leadership Award is presented to the player who exemplifies great leadership qualities to his team, on and off the ice, during the regular season.
The Islanders’ captain since 2013-14, Tavares led the club to its second consecutive 100 point season (as well as its third playoff berth in the past four years). He also continued his Teammates Program, which has provided tickets and VIP game experiences for sick and underprivileged children for the past five seasons. Special Olympics, Ronald McDonald House, and Steven and Alexandra Cohen Children’s Medical Center are among the various organizations Tavares’ Teammates Program supports. To date, Tavares has spent over $32K in purchasing tickets for these special game experiences. He also personally donated $5K as part of Islanders Military Appreciation Night this past November jumpstarting the teams’ personal donation of $30K to host more than 300 active and retired service members.
Mark Messier, one of hockey’s greatest leaders, solicits suggestions from club and League personnel as well as NHL fans to compile a list of potential candidates for the award. This year Washington Capitals captain, Alex Ovechkin and Nashville Predators captain, Shea Weber join Tavares as final candidates for the prestigious award. The winner will be announced Wednesday June, 22, during the 2016- NHL Awards- hosted by actor Will-Arnett- at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.