Former Philadelphia Flyers forward Wayne Simmonds has been named the recipient of the 2019 Mark Messier NHL Leadership Award, which is presented “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.”
Simmonds played 584 games over eight seasons with the Flyers before being traded to Nashville at this year’s trade deadline. He has always been involved in the community, including his work with the Ed Snider Youth Hockey Foundation. He participated as a board member for the sixth consecutive year, visiting community rinks and engaging students. He served as honorary chairman of the foundation’s annual golf tournament – its largest fundraiser – for the fourth straight year.
Here’s more on Simmonds’ work via the NHL:
“Simmonds also worked with the planning committee in hosting the organization’s Willie O’Ree Skills Weekend, writing welcome letters to each participant. In addition to his efforts with ESYHF, Simmonds continued his “Wayne’s Road Hockey Warriors” ball hockey fundraiser in his hometown of Scarborough, Ont., and donated a private Flyers suite to military personnel as part of his “Wayne’s Warriors” program.”
The Wayne Train may have left Philadelphia, but he’ll always be at home here. The fan favorite was the definition of a Philadelphia Flyer.