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Trouba wins Mark Messier Leadership Award

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New York Rangers captain Jacob Trouba is the 2024 winner of the Mark Messier Leadership Award, the league announced Tuesday.

The 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."

Messier, a Hockey Hall of Famer and former Rangers captain, picks the winner with suggestions from team and league personnel. Messier led the Rangers to their last Stanley Cup win 30 years ago.

Trouba is in his second season as New York's captain and is the first Rangers player to win the award in its 18-year existence.

The hard-hitting defenseman helped the Rangers win the Presidents' Trophy this season. He recorded 22 points in 69 games while averaging 21:15 of ice time per contest.

Off the ice, Trouba is involved with the Garden of Dreams Foundation, which helps bring life-changing opportunities to young people facing illness, financial challenges, or the death or injury of a family member in uniform. He also supports the Epilepsy Foundation in New York and runs a youth hockey camp.

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