Calgary Flames defenseman Mark Giordano was named the winner of the Mark Messier Leadership Award Sunday, presented to the player who most exemplifies great leadership qualities both on and off the ice.
“This is a huge honor for me and my family,” Giordano said. “To have my name on an award, the Mark Messier Award … and knowing that (former Flames teammate) Jarome Iginla won this award as well, a guy that when I came into the League was my captain and my leader and learned so many great things from him on the ice, but more importantly off the ice, the way he treated people and acted in the community.”
Giordano worked with the Calgary Board of Education to support improved physical fitness and academics as well as playing a role in multiple other endeavors, including the Flames literacy program, the You Can Play Project and Calgary Pride Parade. On the ice, Giordano has been one of the team’s top defensemen for years, which includes winning the Norris Trophy last year.