Messier was on the FAN590 earlier today-Hockey Central with Nick Kypreos and Darren Millard.Eventually,Messier wants to get back into the NHL in an executive position.He is busy with his children and promoting the Cold X product right now
Jaromir Jagr inherited his C, but Brendan Shanahan will be the first recipient of the new NHL award named after Mark Messier. Before tonight’s game in the Garden, Shanahan will be given the Mark Messier Leadership Award. It will be given out to an NHL player on a monthly basis beginning tonight.
To add to Edge's comments I think that if you are an active member of the NHL either a player or working for a organization they wont name awards after you. Again I dont think I think I remeber hearing that somewhere
Again that's of a few years ago so I'm assuming that it's still the case.
Hockey is an awkward spot in the sense that it's awards are all named for players from generations past but you could argue their best players have really been spotlighted in the last 30-40 years or so.
It's an awkward balancing act they walk, and while I don't always agree with the league I can understand their situation.