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Profiling 10 Legends of the NHL


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Mark Messier

DOB: January 18, 1961
Birthplace: Edmonton, AB
Seasons Played: 19
Position: Right Wing, Center
   
 
 

#11--- Mark Messier ---#11
  • Mark Messier grew up watching his father play semi-pro hockey and from a very young age new he wanted to make a living out of playing hockey.
  • At age 17, Messier was signed by the Indianapolis Racers in a move to replace Wayne Gretzky. He didnt score alot in his first season, netting only a single goal, but his physical style of play didnt go unnoticed by Oilers GM/coach Glen Sather. When the WHA folder, Sather recruited Messier to the Edmonton Oilers.
  • Messier earned the nickname 'The Moose' by his fellow Edmonton Oiler teammates.
  • Is the only player to be selected to the first-team all star at two different positions (left wing, center)
  • Helped lead the Edmonton Oilers Dynasty of the 80s to 4 Stanley Cup championships in 5 years.
  • In 1991, due to the Oilers financial problems, Messier and the Oilers were unable to come to term on a new contract for Mark and he was dealt to the New York Rangers. In New York, Messier moved from superstar to idol-like status as he managed to lead an exceptionally talented yet un-unified team to a Stanley Cup championship. The franchises first in 54 years.
  • Messier became the first captain to lead two different teams to Stanley Cup victories (Edmonton, New York).
  • January 12, 2006 Mark Messiers #11 banner was raised to the rafters in Madisons Square Garden.
  • Messier ranks 2nd all-time in career points with 1,887 only behind his former teammate Wayne Gretzky.
  • One of Messiers greatest legacies comes from the 1994 Eastern conference semi-finals when New York Rangers found themselves down 3 games to 2. In a meeting with the press prior to the game Messier guaranteed the press a Rangers victory, when game 6 got off to a bad start Messier decided to take things into his own hands scoring a natural hat trick in the third period to win the game. The Rangers then went on to win the series and ultimately beat the Vancouver Canucks for the Stanley Cup.
  • In 1994-95 at the age of 35, Messier came up shy by 1 of hitting the 100 point total with 99 points.
  • In November 2003, Messier joined his fellow Oilers alumni in the Heritage Classic game versus the Montreal Canadiens. Messier was the only currently active NHL player to participate in the game.
  • Messier retired just 11 games shy of Gordie Howes NHL record for most games played, 1767. Playing in the NHL for 25 seasons, Mark hold the record for most playoff games played.
  • Is considered by many to be the greatest leader, captain and all-around player of his generation.

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Career Stats

(regular season)
Games Goals Assists Points
1354 597 1015 1612
(playoffs)
Games Goals Assists Points
236 109 186 295

 

NHL Teams

Edmonton Oilers
New York Rangers
Vancouver Canucks

Mark Messier holding Stanley Cup

Trophy Collection

2 Hart
1 Conn Smythe
3 First Team All-Star Selections
1 First Team All-Star Selections
6 Stanley Cup Rings