Las Vegas–The awards keep coming for the Vegas Golden Knights as defenseman Deryk Engelland captures the 2018 Mark Messier NHL Leadership Award.
With Engelland taking the 2018 Mark Messier NHL Leadership Award, the two finalists were Wayne Simmonds of the Philadelphia Flyers and Blake Wheeler of the Winnipeg Jets.
As a longtime Vegas resident that Engelland is from his days when he was playing for the ECHL Wranglers he’s become a huge staple in the community in his work of philanthropy.
This year, he continued his five-year community wide relationship with Vegas Fire Department with local firefighters and raised over $40,000 in donation proceeds for kids around the city who don’t have the financial means to play this great international sport.
In his first NHL campaign with the Golden Knights, Engelland finished the season with 79 games under his belt and produced 5 goals, registered 18 assists for 23 points and was a +6.
His work in the Las Vegas community also includes Ronald McDonald House and Three Square to help children and families in need.
Following William Karlsson‘s win in capturing the 2018 Lady Byng Memorial Trophy, Engelland becomes the 2nd player in Golden Knights history to take home individual hardware.
The most memorable moment that helped Engelland capture this year’s Mark Messier NHL Leadership Award was his powerful, heartfelt keynote speech the night of the franchises first ever home opener, days after the 1 October shooting.
His keynote speech was headline by “We Are Vegas Strong”.