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The award is given to the "the player who exemplifies great leadership qualities to his team, on and off the ice during the regular season." Messier is responsible for selecting the award finalists and winner.
Toews has been the Blackhawks' captain since 2008. Messier selected Toews as a finalist for his leadership on the Blackhawks and his involvement in the community, which includes the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Lurie Children's Hospital and Chicago's Misericordia.
Toews said Monday he was honored to be a finalist.
"It's something I almost feel guilty for being nominated for," Toews said. "It's definitely a huge honor. The criteria that is required for that award is definitely something special. I've said it before, if you're nominated for something, an individual award, much of it has to do with your team and your teammates and how they helped you get to that position. I owe it to those guys. When they need someone to recognize, obviously it feels good, but I pretty much owe everything to my teammates and the guys in this locker room."
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