NHL introduces new monthly Mark Messier Leadership Award

Many consider Messier to be the greatest captain in hockey history. The six-time Stanley Cup winner wore the C for Edmonton and the New York Rangers to become the only player in history to captain two teams to an NHL championship. He is also a former captain of the Vancouver Canucks.

Messier will be at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday to present the first winner with the award.

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Messier, with input from the league, will select a player in each month who best exemplifies leadership qualities on and off the ice.

There will also be a leader of the year award given at the end of the regular season.