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The Blue Jackets went from a very forgettable season to a season in which they set a franchise record in wins and points.
Blue Jackets forward Nick Foligno went from a season in which he registered 12 goals, and his coach admittedly doubted his leadership abilities, to a season in which he scored 26 goals and earned major accolades for the role he played in the club’s turnaround.
During the NHL’s Tuesday night presentation, Foligno was named the winner of the Mark Messier Leadership Award as well as the King Clancy Memorial Trophy.
The former goes “to the player who exemplifies great leadership qualities to his team, on and off the ice during the regular season.” The latter honors “the player who best exemplifies leadership qualities on and off the ice and who has made a noteworthy contribution to his community.”
Foligno has donated his time and money to numerous local charities, including Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Meals on Wheels, and the Janis Foligno Foundation, which Foligno created in memory of his mother, who died after a battle with breast cancer in 2009.
— ColumbusBlueJackets (@BlueJacketsNHL) June 20, 2017
Foligno: “I’ve embraced what it is to be a Columbus Blue Jacket.”
— Alison (@AlisonL) June 20, 2017
— Aaron Portzline (@Aportzline) June 20, 2017
So proud of you bro! Everything you have gotten you have earned! @NickFoligno
— Brandon Dubinsky (@BDubi17) June 21, 2017
— Sam Gagner (@89SGagner) June 21, 2017
That’s my leader, that’s my quarterback, that’s my mentor, that’s my captain. Love you bro, you deserve it all
— Cam Atkinson (@CamAtkinson13) June 21, 2017
The NHL holds a separate awards program Wednesday night for their on-ice honors. Several Blue Jackets are candidates. Sergei Bobrovsky is up for Hart Trophy (MVP) and Vezina (best goaltender). Zach Werenski is a finalist for the Calder Trophy (rookie of the year). John Tortorella could hear his name called for the Jack Adams Award (coach of the year).