RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – Carolina captain Justin Williams was named one of three finalists for the Mark Messier Leadership Award, according to an announcement Wednesday from the National Hockey League.
The 37-year-old winger is the 16th captain in franchise history. Williams had 23 goals and 30 assists for 53 points during the regular season. He redirected a Brett Pesce shot to score his first goal of the postseason as part of a third-period surge Monday in Game 6.
Williams is a three-time Stanley Cup Champion — one with Carolina and twice with Los Angeles. He won the Conn Smythe Trophy for playoff MVP as he led the Kings to the title in 2014.
The Mark Messier Leadership Award is given to the player “who exemplifies great leadership qualities to his team, on and off the ice, during the regular season and who plays a leading role in his community growing the game of hockey,” a press release from the Hurricanes read.
Messier personally selects the finalists and the winner, according to the release. The other two finalists are Nashville forward Wayne Simmonds and Calgary defenseman Mark Giordano.