Winnipeg Jets captain Andrew Ladd and Winnipeg native Jonathan Toews are among the three finalists for the NHL’s Mark Messier Leadership award, the league announced late today.

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Winnipeg Jets captain Andrew Ladd and Winnipeg native Jonathan Toews are among the three finalists for the NHL’s Mark Messier Leadership award, the league announced late today.

Anaheim captain Ryan Getzlaf is the other finalist.

Winnipeg Jets' Andrew Ladd (16)  celebrates after scoring on San Jose Sharks' goaltender Antti Niemi during the first period of NHL hockey action in Winnipeg.

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Winnipeg Jets' Andrew Ladd (16)  celebrates after scoring on San Jose Sharks' goaltender Antti Niemi during the first period of NHL hockey action in Winnipeg.

The award is presented annually to the player who exemplifies great leadership qualities to his team, on and off the ice, during the regular season.

Messier is involved with teams and some fans the nomination process but the selection of the three finalists and ultimate winner is Messier’s alone. The winner will be announced during the annual NHL awards show, this year on June 24 from Las Vegas.

Ladd, the only captain in Winnipeg since the 2011 relocation, partners with Special Olympics in a variety of fundraisers and activities, including game tickets, meet-and-greets and floor hockey tutorials, the league said in today’s news release.

This year, Ladd increased his participation by serving as the presenter of medals at the Special Olympics Manitoba Games, donating his time in live-auction prizes and attending the Stars ‘FORE’ Special O Golf Tournament as a celebrity host.

Toews, who has been Chicago’s captain since he was 20, continues to be active in giving his time, including with Make-A-Wish visits and the Four Feathers Golf Invitational. He has also served as the honorary chairman for the Israel Idonije Fundraiser, which helps underserved communities by providing programs focused on social and emotional life skills.

Toews supported the Winnipeg Foundation’s Nourishing Potential campaign and has continued his role with Misericordia, a Chicago group that offers care for those with mild to profound developmental disabilities.