Yesterday the NHL announced that Bruins captain Zdeno Chara is one of three finalists for this years Mark Messier Award. The award itself honors players who lead and motivate in a positive light on the ice, while also showing great dedication to their community and charitable causes off the ice. Along with Chara, Sidney Crosby and Jarome Iginla were also nominated. The winner will be decided by none other than Mark Messier himself on June 18th at the NHL Awards ceremony where Chara will also be in the running for this seasons Norris trophy.
"Last offseason, he visited Tanzania and climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro to focus attention on Right to Play, the international charitable organization that uses sport and play to enhance child development in areas of disadvantage. Chara also raised $24,000 for Right to Play by winning the Hardest Shot competition at 2009 NHL All-Star Weekend after getting his competitors, the competitors’ respective NHL clubs, the NHL and the NHLPA to contribute to a pot to go to the victor’s charity of choice. Chara won the competition with a record-setting 105.4 MPH blast.
The winner will be announced Thursday, June 18, during the 2009 NHL Awards that will be broadcast live from the Pearl Concert Theater inside the Palms Hotel Las Vegas on VERSUS in the United States and on CBC in Canada." -Bruins Official Press Release