The Jets captain joins Ryan Getzlaf and Jonathan Toews as a finalist for the award.
As per the NHL it is an award given to a player who:
“exemplifies great leadership qualities to his team, on and off the ice during the regular season.” Suggestions for nominees are solicited from fans, clubs and NHL personnel, but the selection of the three finalists and the ultimate winner is made by Messier, one of the finest leaders in NHL history; the six-time Stanley Cup champion is one of three players to have captained three teams (Edmonton, N.Y. Rangers, Vancouver).
2014 winner was Dustin Brown of the L.A. Kings.
Here is a link to the list of the previous winners.