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Encyclopedia > Mark Messier
Position Centre
Shot Left
Nickname(s) Moose, The Captain
Mess, The Messiah
Height
Weight
6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
205 lb (93 kg/14 st 9 lb)
Pro Clubs WHA
 Indianapolis Racers
 Cincinnati Stingers
NHL
 Edmonton Oilers
 New York Rangers
 Vancouver Canucks
Nationality Flag of Canada Canada
Born January 18, 1961 (1961-01-18) (age 47),
Edmonton, AB, CAN
NHL Draft 48th overall, 1979
Edmonton Oilers
Pro Career 1978 – 2004
Hall of Fame, 2007

Mark John Douglas Messier (born January 18, 1961, in Edmonton, Alberta) is a former ice hockey centerman of the National Hockey League. He spent a quarter of a century in the NHL (1979-2004) with the Edmonton Oilers, New York Rangers, and Vancouver Canucks. He also played professionally with the World Hockey Association's Indianapolis Racers and Cincinnati Stingers. At the time of his retirement, he was the last former WHA player still active in professional hockey, as well as the last active player who had played in the NHL in the 1970s. Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 442 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (540 × 733 pixel, file size: 48 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Mark Messier Metadata This file contains... The position an ice hockey player plays can be divided into three basic categories: Forwards Centre Wingers Defenceman Goaltender ... 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Messier is widely considered among the best NHL players of all time[1] as well as among the greatest leaders in the games history. He is second on the all-time career lists for regular season points (1887), playoff points (295) and regular season games played (1756). He won six Stanley Cups with the Oilers and Rangers, and is the only professional athlete to captain two different teams to championships. In 2007 he was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame. Hockey Hall of Fame logo The Hockey Hall of Fame, located in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, is dedicated to the history of ice hockey with exhibits featuring memorabilia and NHL trophies (including the Stanley Cup) along with interactive activities. ...

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Early years

Messier lived in Portland, Oregon, while his father played hockey for the Portland Buckaroos. When his father's career was over they moved back to Edmonton.[2] Nickname: Location of Portland in Multnomah County and the state of Oregon Coordinates: , Country State Counties Multnomah County Incorporated February 8, 1851 Government  - Mayor Tom Potter[1]  - Commissioners Sam Adams Randy Leonard Dan Saltzman Erik Sten  - Auditor Gary Blackmer Area  - City 376. ... The Portland Buckaroos was the name of several professional ice hockey teams based in Portland, Oregon. ...


Playing career

Indianapolis Racers (1978)

Mark Messier played Tier II Alberta Jr. Hockey with the St. Albert Saints. In 54 games, Messier had 74 points and 194 Penalty Minutes.[3] Messier also played a few games with the Portland Winter Hawks. Mark’s father Doug once played junior hockey with Pat Stapleton, the coach of the Indianapolis Racers. Doug called him and got Mark a contract to play hockey in Indianapolis for $30,000.[3] Mark signed the 5-game tryout contract at the age of 17. He failed to register a point and was released just before the Racers folded. City: Portland, Oregon League: Western Hockey League Conference: Western Division: U.S. Founded: 1976-77 Home Arena: Rose Garden Arena & Memorial Coliseum Colours: red, white and black Head Coach: Mike Williamson General Manager: Ken Hodge The Portland Winter Hawks are members of the Western Hockey League, the highest level of... Patrick Pat Stapleton (born July 4, 1940 in Sarnia, Ontario, Canada) is a retired Canadian ice hockey defenseman. ... The Indianapolis Racers were a franchise in the former World Hockey Association. ...


Cincinnati Stingers (1978-79)

Shortly after being released by Indianapolis, Mark was signed as a free agent by the Cincinnati Stingers. While with the Cincinnati Stingers, Messier was on a line with Robbie Ftorek.[4] Ftorek was one of the top scorers in the league but Messier managed to get only one goal. He would play 47 games for the Stingers tallying only one goal and ten assists. While in Cincinnati, Messier was teammates with future Hall of Famer Louis Baydala, future NHL coach Barry Melrose, and future NHL referee Paul Stewart. When he retired, Messier was the last former WHA player still active on the ice as a player. The Cincinnati Stingers were an ice hockey team based out of Cincinnati, Ohio that played in the World Hockey Association. ... The Cincinnati Stingers were an ice hockey team based out of Cincinnati, Ohio that played in the World Hockey Association. ... Robbie Ftorek is a former NHL player and coach. ... Barry Melrose (born July 15, 1956 in Kelvington, Saskatchewan) has been a hockey player, coach, and is currently a commentator for ESPN. // Melrose began his hockey career as a defenceman in the WCHL with the Kamloops Chiefs in 1974, eventually working his way up to the Cincinnati Stingers of the... Paul Stewart (born March 24, 1952 in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts) was a professional ice hockey player and National Hockey League (NHL) referee. ...


Edmonton Oilers (1979-1991)

Messier, also known as Mark "the sparkplug" Messier, was drafted in the 3rd round, 48th overall, by the Edmonton Oilers in the 1979 NHL Entry Draft. Messier was renowned as a fierce, tough competitor whose intense leadership in the locker room was as important as the goals he scored on the ice. He wasn't initially known as a scorer, but his offensive numbers increased steadily over his first few years with the Oilers. In 1981-82, he registered his only 50-goal season. For most of his tenure with the Oilers, he played on a line with Glenn Anderson. The Edmonton Oilers are a professional ice hockey team based in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. ... The 1979 NHL Entry Draft took place on August 9, 1979 at the Queen Elizabeth Hotel in Montreal, Quebec. ... The classic NHL shield logo The 1981-82 NHL season was the 65th season of the National Hockey League. ... Glenn Anderson (b. ...


Initially a left winger (he was named to the NHL First All-Star Team in 1982-83 on left wing), Messier switched to centre in the 1984 playoffs, and the results were spectacular. Though Messier ranks second in all-time scoring with 1,887 points (694 goals and 1,193 assists) in the regular season, his greatness will always be measured in terms of playoff achievements. In Game 3 of the 1984 Finals, for example, with his Oilers trailing the four-time defending champion New York Islanders by a goal, it was Messier's goal that sparked a comeback by the Oilers. By the end of the series, Messier had earned the Conn Smythe Trophy, awarded to the most valuable player of the playoffs. The classic NHL shield logo The 1982-83 NHL season was the 66th season of the National Hockey League. ... The 1983-84 NHL season was the 67th season of the National Hockey League. ... The New York Islanders are a professional ice hockey team based in Uniondale, a hamlet located on Long Island in Town of Hempstead, Nassau County, New York, United States. ... Conn Smythe Trophy on display at the Hockey Hall of Fame The Conn Smythe Memorial Trophy is awarded annually to the most valuable player during the National Hockey Leagues Stanley Cup playoffs. ...


He won four more Cups with the Oilers, 1985, 1986, 1987,and 1990, when he captained the Oilers to a five-game victory over the Boston Bruins. Though the Oilers had been a 1980s powerhouse, the 1990 victory, which came two years after Wayne Gretzky was traded away, surprised many. Messier also won the Hart Trophy as league MVP that season. The Edmonton Oilers defeated the Boston Bruins in the 1990 Stanley Cup Finals, 4 games to 1. ... The Boston Bruins are a professional mens ice hockey team based in Boston, Massachusetts. ... Wayne Douglas Gretzky, OC (born 26 January 1961 in Brantford, Ontario) is a retired Canadian-American professional ice hockey player who is currently part-owner and head coach of the Phoenix Coyotes. ... The Hart Memorial Trophy is presented annually to the most valuable ice hockey player in the National Hockey League during the regular season. ...


A year later, in one of many cost-cutting moves by Edmonton management, Messier was traded to the New York Rangers. The New York Rangers are a professional ice hockey team based in New York, New York, U.S.A. They are members of the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL). ...


New York Rangers (1991-1997)

In his first season with the Rangers, Messier won his second Hart Trophy and guided the Rangers to the best record in the NHL. However, they were ousted in six games by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the second round. A year later they missed the playoffs. The Pittsburgh Penguins are a professional ice hockey team based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. ...


In the 1993-94 NHL season, the Rangers rebounded to once again finish first overall, and this time were expected to win the Cup. Messier was already known as a hockey superstar, but the birth of the Messier legend came as a New York Ranger in the 1994 Eastern Conference Finals against the rival New Jersey Devils. Down 3-2 in the best of seven series, Messier confronted the New York media and publicly guaranteed a Game 6 victory. In a feat comparable in New York sports history to Babe Ruth's called shot and Joe Namath's Super Bowl III guarantee, he backed up his promise by scoring a natural hat trick in the third period which helped the Rangers erase a two-goal deficit. The Rangers went on to win the series and the Stanley Cup (with Messier scoring the Cup winning goal in game 7) — their first in 54 years. The 1993-94 NHL season was the 77th regular season of the National Hockey League. ... The New York Rangers are a professional ice hockey team based in New York, New York, U.S.A. They are members of the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL). ... Year 1994 (MCMXCIV) The year 1994 was designated as the International Year of the Family and the International Year of the Sport and the Olympic Ideal by the United Nations. ... The New Jersey Devils are a professional ice hockey team based in Newark, New Jersey. ... New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ... Babe Ruths Called Shot refers to the home run hit by Babe Ruth in the fifth inning of game 3 on October 1, 1932. ... Joseph William Namath (born May 31, 1943), also known as Broadway Joe, was an American football Hall of Fame quarterback in the American Football League and National Football League during the 1960s and 1970s. ... Date January 12, 1969 Stadium Miami Orange Bowl City Miami, Florida MVP Joe Namath, Quarterback Favorite Colts by 18 National anthem Anita Bryant Coin toss Tom Bell Referee Tom Bell Halftime show America Thanks with Florida A&M University Attendance 75,389 TV in the United States Network NBC Announcers... A hat-trick in sports is associated with succeeding at anything three times in three consecutive attempts. ... The Stanley Cup The Stanley Cup (French: ) is the championship trophy of the National Hockey League (NHL), the major professional ice hockey league in Canada and the United States. ... The Curse of 1940 is a superstitious explanation for why the New York Rangers of the National Hockey League didnt win the leagues championship trophy, the Stanley Cup, from 1940 to 1994. ...


The 1994 Stanley Cup would be the high watermark of the second half of Messier's career. In 1995-96, Messier came as close as he had since 1991-92 to breaking the 100-point plateau when, at the age of 35, he recorded a 99-point season. With Wayne Gretzky joining the Rangers in 1996-97, the team reached the Eastern Conference Finals. The Rangers were defeated in the conference finals by the Philadelphia Flyers that year. An 84-point year during the 1996-97 regular season encouraged the Vancouver Canucks to sign the 36-year old to a high-priced free agent contract, ending the brief reunion of Messier and Gretzky being together again on the same team after just one season. The 1995-96 NHL season was the 79th regular season of the National Hockey League. ... Wayne Douglas Gretzky, OC (born 26 January 1961 in Brantford, Ontario) is a retired Canadian-American professional ice hockey player who is currently part-owner and head coach of the Phoenix Coyotes. ... The classic NHL shield logo The 1996-97 NHL season was the 80th regular season of the National Hockey League. ... The Philadelphia Flyers are a professional ice hockey team based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. ... The classic NHL shield logo The 1996-97 NHL season was the 80th regular season of the National Hockey League. ... The Vancouver Canucks are a professional mens ice hockey team based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. ...


Vancouver Canucks (1997-2000)

It was a high-profile move, with Messier returning to Canada after six years with the Rangers, but the honeymoon did not last. Before playing the season, Messier was given the team captaincy, given to him by Trevor Linden. Shortly after Messier's acquisition, Trevor Linden was traded by Mike Keenan to the New York Islanders. Sixty points in 1997-98 was his worst mark in a full year since his first NHL season; his next two seasons were shortened by injury. His demand that the #11 the team unofficially retired in honour of Wayne Maki be given to him hurt his image as well.[5] He finished with 158 points over three years, and, having become unpopular with Canucks fans, left at the end of the 1999-2000 season. Trevor Linden, OBC, (ancestrally van der Linden) (born April 11, 1970 in Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada) is a Canadian professional ice hockey player. ... The 1997-98 NHL season was the 81st regular season of the National Hockey League. ... Wayne Maki (November 10, 1944 - May 1, 1974) was a professional ice hockey player and an early star of the Vancouver Canucks club in the NHL. Maki was born in Sault Ste. ... The 1999-2000 NHL season was the 83rd regular season of the National Hockey League. ...


Back on Broadway: New York Rangers (2000-2004)

After his tenure with the Canucks, he returned to New York to try to lead the Rangers back to glory. The Rangers held a press conference where they symbolically buried a hatchet, and Messier made an ill-fated "guarantee" of a playoff berth.[6] Messier was also given back the team captaincy upon his return to the Rangers, handed over to him personally by Brian Leetch. Brian Leetch (born March 3, 1968 in Corpus Christi, Texas, USA) is a professional ice hockey defenseman in the NHL, though he is currently an unsigned unrestricted free agent. ...


Messier's 67-point season as a 40-year old in 2000-01 was a mark better than any he established in his Vancouver years, showing that he could still be a valuable presence, but the Rangers missed the playoffs for the fourth year running. After missing half of 2001-02 due to an arm injury, Messier recorded only 23 points, and finished up next year with a 40-point campaign. The 2000-01 NHL season was the 84th regular season of the National Hockey League. ... For other uses, see Vancouver (disambiguation). ... The 2001-02 NHL season was the 85th regular season of the National Hockey League. ...


The 2003-04 season had been widely expected to be Messier's last. On November 4, 2003 against the Dallas Stars, Messier scored a pair of goals to vault past Gordie Howe into second on the all-time point scoring list. Eleven days later, Messier was the only active player to play in the legends game at Edmonton's Heritage Classic, suiting up with the Oiler alumni and making many light-hearted comments about being Edmonton's "ringer."[citation needed] During his last game at Madison Square Garden, Messier received applause every time he touched the puck and, after the game, received a standing ovation while he skated around the Garden and bowed to every section of the stands.[7] At the age of 43, most media outlets believed Messier had decided to quit. The NHL lockout eliminated the next season. All speculation ended on September 12, 2005, when he announced his retirement on ESPN radio.[8] He is widely considered among the greatest hockey players and greatest sports leaders of all time. is the 308th day of the year (309th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Dallas Stars are a professional mens ice hockey team based in Dallas, Texas. ... Gordon Gordie Howe, OC (born March 31, 1928 in Floral, Saskatchewan) is a former Canadian professional ice hockey player who played for the Detroit Red Wings and Hartford Whalers in the NHL, and the Houston Aeros and New England Whalers in the WHA. He is often referred to as Mr. ... Gretzky and Lafleur at the ceremonial faceoff A group photo of the MegaStars, joined by Raj Binder, far left The Heritage Classic was an outdoor ice hockey game played on November 22, 2003 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada between the Edmonton Oilers and the Montreal Canadiens. ... Ringer is a term with several meanings: In colloquial English language, it refers to a specialist who is clandestinely brought into a group or team to bolster its capabilities. ... Madison Square Garden, often abbreviated as MSG, known colloquially simply as The Garden, has been the name of four arenas in New York City, United States. ... The 2004-05 NHL Lockout resulted in the cancellation of what would have been the 88th season of the National Hockey League (NHL). ... is the 255th day of the year (256th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Post Retirement (2005-Present)

Messier retired eleven games behind Howe's NHL record 1,767 regular season games played. Messier holds the record for most NHL regular season and playoff season games played at 1,992. Messier is one of a handful of players to have played 25 NHL seasons, doing so over four decades.


On January 12, 2006 during a very emotional ceremony that featured most of the 1994 Stanley Cup team and the Stanley Cup itself, the New York Rangers retired his number 11 in a game against the Edmonton Oilers. Fans unable to attend the game put their tickets back on the market, with front row seats being resold up to the price of $30,000. The ceremony lasted 75 minutes, making it the longest of its kind in the history of professional sports.During the game, the Rangers defeated the Oilers. [1] His is the 4th number retired by the Rangers. His number was retired by the Edmonton Oilers on February 27, 2007 against the Phoenix Coyotes, coached by former teammate Wayne Gretzky.[9] is the 12th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1994 (MCMXCIV) The year 1994 was designated as the International Year of the Family and the International Year of the Sport and the Olympic Ideal by the United Nations. ... The Stanley Cup The Stanley Cup (French: ) is the championship trophy of the National Hockey League (NHL), the major professional ice hockey league in Canada and the United States. ... In team sports, the squad number, shirt number, jersey number, sweater number, or uniform number is the number worn on a players outfit. ... The Edmonton Oilers are a professional ice hockey team based in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. ... The Phoenix Coyotes are a professional ice hockey team based in the Phoenix suburb of Glendale. ... Wayne Douglas Gretzky, OC (born 26 January 1961 in Brantford, Ontario) is a retired Canadian-American professional ice hockey player who is currently part-owner and head coach of the Phoenix Coyotes. ...


In February 2007, Messier publicly expressed interest in returning to the NHL, in the form of General Manager for the Rangers, however current GM Glen Sather responded by saying he has no plans of stepping down from his position.[10] With the departure of Assistant GM Don Maloney from the Rangers organization in May 2007, Messier's name had been attached to possible replacements,[11] however in July 2007 Jim Schoenfeld was announced as Maloney's replacement. Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... Glen Slats Sather (born September 2, 1943 in High River, Alberta, Canada) is a retired professional ice hockey left winger in the World Hockey Association and National Hockey League and current President and General Manager of the New York Rangers of the NHL. He played for the Boston Bruins, Pittsburgh... Don Maloney (Born Sep 5, 1958 in Lindsay, Ontario) was a NHL player and a General Manager of the New York Rangers. ... Jim Schoenfeld (born September 4, 1952 in Galt, Ontario) is a retired professional ice hockey player who has also coached hockey at the highest levels. ...


Off the ice

Messier attended St. Francis Xavier high school in Edmonton as he played junior hockey where his father Doug was his coach and mentor for his early years, where he played with the Spruce Grove Mets. Mark's brother Paul Messier was drafted by the Colorado Rockies 41st overall in the 1978 NHL Amateur Draft, but he only played nine games with the club in 1978-79 before embarking on a long career in the German Bundesliga. His cousins Mitch and Joby also skated for NHL clubs. Joby was even briefly Mark's teammate on the Rangers. Paul Messier is a retired ice hockey player. ... The Colorado Rockies was a professional ice hockey team in the National Hockey League (NHL) that played in Denver, Colorado from 1976 to 1982. ...


Messier's son Lyon, who was born on August 16, 1987 is developing into a solid young hockey player and is currently a defenceman for the Lincoln Stars of the United States Hockey League. Lyon's mother is former model Leslie Young. His current girlfriend and soon to-be wife, Kim Clark, gave birth to Mark's second son, Douglas Paul, on July 15, 2003, and daughter Jacqueline Jean in August, 2005. is the 228th day of the year (229th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays 1987 Gregorian calendar). ... The Lincoln Stars are the best Tier 1 junior ice hockey team playing in the West Division of the United States Hockey League (USHL). ... United States Hockey League (abbreviated USHL) is the top junior ice hockey league in United States. ... is the 196th day of the year (197th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Messier was featured in a Lays chips campaign that aired in Canada in the late 1990s and early 2000s. The commercials originally featured Messier being challenged to a bet by a local hockey fan, who bets that Messier cannot eat just one potato chip, in reference to the Lays slogan "bet you can't eat just one." Messier loses the bet, and ends up playing in a local 'beer league' hockey game, which he easily dominates. Later variations would have Messier himself making the same bet.


Almost thirty years after having played with the Saints, Messier is a legend in the Edmonton suburb of St. Albert, Alberta. One of the rinks in the local Campbell Arena bears Messier's name. Location of St. ...


More recently, Messier has found time to do some work as a hockey analyst. He's occasionally seen on The NHL on Versus as a studio analyst, was an in-game analyst for The NHL All-Star Game on Versus, and has been a guest commentator on The NHL on NBC. It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with The NHL on OLN. (Discuss) The NHL on Versus is what will tentatively be the title of the networks hockey presentations once what is now known as OLN transitions to Versus on September 25, 2006. ... The NHL on NBC is a TV show that televises National Hockey League games on the National Broadcasting Company (NBC) and is produced by NBC Sports. ...


In Edmonton, a section of St. Albert Trail between St. Albert and the City of Edmonton, has been renamed to Mark Messier Trail as of February 26, 2007. is the 57th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ...


On November 12, 2007, Messier was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in the players category. is the 316th day of the year (317th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ...


Messier is also an advocate for preventative healthcare and spokesperson for Cold-fX.


Messier has now turned hotelier, owning the small, yet popular, Runaway Hill Club (www.runawayhill.com) on the famous pink sand beach on Harbour Island in the Bahamas. He also regularly fishes for marlin on his boat 'Wani Kanati', captained by the notorious Richard Hellmuth.


Awards & achievements

  • 1983-84 - Stanley Cup Champion
  • 1984-85 - Stanley Cup Champion
  • 1986-87 - Stanley Cup Champion
  • 1987-88 - Stanley Cup Champion
  • 1989-90 - Stanley Cup Champion
  • 1993-94 - Stanley Cup Champion
  • 1989-90 - Hart Memorial Trophy Winner
  • 1991-92 - Hart Memorial Trophy Winner
  • 1983-84 - Conn Smythe Trophy Winner
  • 1989-90 - Lester B. Pearson Award Winner
  • 1991-92 - Lester B. Pearson Award Winner
  • 1981-82 - First-Team All-Star Left Wing
  • 1982-83 - First-Team All-Star Left Wing
  • 1989-90 - First-Team All-Star Centre
  • 1991-92 - First-Team All-Star Centre
  • 1983-84 - Second-Team All-Star Left Wing
  • Played in fifteen NHL All-Star Games in 1982, 1983, 1984, 1986, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2000 and 2004
  • Played for the Edmonton Oilers Heritage Classic alumni team while a member of the New York Rangers.
  • The only professional athlete to have captained two different championship teams (Edmonton Oilers and New York Rangers)
  • In 1998, he was ranked number 12 on The Hockey News' list of the 100 Greatest Hockey Players.
  • On November 13, 2006, the National Hockey League created the Mark Messier Trophy, a monthly leadership award.
  • His 1,887 points in the regular season are the most of any player without winning a single scoring title.
  • He was the last active player that had played in the 1970s.
  • He was selected as an inductee to the Hockey Hall of Fame in June 2007 with the induction ceremony taking place in November 2007.

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Transactions

  • August 9th, 1979- Edmonton Oilers' third round choice, 48th overall in the 1979 NHL Entry Draft
  • July 13th 2000- Signed as a free agent with the New York Rangers.
  • June 20th, 2003- Traded by the New York Rangers to the San Jose Sharks in exchange for San Jose's 2004's 4th round draft choice.
  • September 5, 2003- Signed as a free agent with the New York Rangers.
  • June 12th, 2004- Officially announced retirement.

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Career statistics

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1976-77 Spruce Grove Mets AJHL 57 27 39 66 91 -- -- -- -- --
1977-78 St. Albert Saints AJHL 54 25 49 74 194 -- -- -- -- --
1977-78 Portland Winter Hawks WHL -- -- -- -- -- 7 4 1 5 2
1978-79 St. Albert Saints AJHL 17 15 18 33 64 -- -- -- -- --
1978-79 Indianapolis Racers WHA 5 0 0 0 0 -- -- -- -- --
1978-79 Cincinnati Stingers WHA 47 1 10 11 58 -- -- -- -- --
1979-80 Houston Apollos CHL 4 0 3 3 4 -- -- -- -- --
1979-80 Edmonton Oilers NHL 75 12 21 33 120 3 1 2 3 2
1980-81 Edmonton Oilers NHL 72 23 40 63 102 9 2 5 7 13
1981-82 Edmonton Oilers NHL 78 50 38 88 119 5 1 2 3 8
1982-83 Edmonton Oilers NHL 77 48 58 106 72 15 15 6 21 14
1983-84 Edmonton Oilers NHL 73 37 64 101 165 19 8 18 26 19
1984-85 Edmonton Oilers NHL 55 23 31 54 57 18 12 13 25 12
1985-86 Edmonton Oilers NHL 63 35 49 84 68 10 4 6 10 18
1986-87 Edmonton Oilers NHL 77 37 70 107 73 21 12 16 28 16
1987-88 Edmonton Oilers NHL 77 37 74 111 103 19 11 23 34 29
1988-89 Edmonton Oilers NHL 72 33 61 94 130 7 1 11 12 8
1989-90 Edmonton Oilers NHL 79 45 84 129 79 22 9 22 31 20
1990-91 Edmonton Oilers NHL 53 12 52 64 34 18 4 11 15 16
1991-92 New York Rangers NHL 79 35 72 107 76 11 7 7 14 6
1992-93 New York Rangers NHL 75 25 66 91 72 -- -- -- -- --
1993-94 New York Rangers NHL 76 26 58 84 76 23 12 18 30 33
1994-95 New York Rangers NHL 46 14 39 53 40 10 3 10 13 8
1995-96 New York Rangers NHL 74 47 52 99 122 11 4 7 11 16
1996-97 New York Rangers NHL 71 36 48 84 88 15 3 9 12 6
1997-98 Vancouver Canucks NHL 82 22 38 60 58 -- -- -- -- --
1998-99 Vancouver Canucks NHL 59 13 35 48 33 -- -- -- -- --
1999-00 Vancouver Canucks NHL 66 17 37 54 30 -- -- -- -- --
2000-01 New York Rangers NHL 82 24 43 67 89 -- -- -- -- --
2001-02 New York Rangers NHL 41 7 16 23 32 -- -- -- -- --
2002-03 New York Rangers NHL 78 18 22 40 30 -- -- -- -- --
2003-04 New York Rangers NHL 76 18 25 43 42 -- -- -- -- --
NHL Totals 1756 694 1193 1887 1910 236 109 186 295 244

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See also

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References

  1. ^ Messier among best -- ever
  2. ^ http://www.msg.com/content_news.jsp?articleID=v0000msgn20050912T162613122&newsgroup=columnist.article&team=Rangers&sports=ice-hockey
  3. ^ a b The Rebel League: The Short and Unruly Life of the World Hockey Association, p.236, McLelland and Stewart, Toronto, ON, ISBN 0-7710-8947-3
  4. ^ The Rebel League: The Short and Unruly Life of the World Hockey Association, p.237, McLelland and Stewart, Toronto, ON, ISBN 0-7710-8947-3
  5. ^ The 12 sports books of Christmas. Vancouver Courier (2004). Retrieved on 2006-08-26.
  6. ^ Messier stands by playoff guarantee. CBC.ca (2001). Retrieved on 2007-10-17.
  7. ^ messier scores in possible msg finale. nyrangers.com (2004). Retrieved on 2007-10-17.
  8. ^ Mark Messier retires after 25 seasons.. ESPN.com (2006). Retrieved on 2006-08-26.
  9. ^ Oilers to retire Mark Messier's No. 11 jersey. NHL.com (2006). Retrieved on 2006-08-26.
  10. ^ Messier's GM comments surprise Rangers' Sather. espn.com (2007). Retrieved on 2007-05-13.
  11. ^ Messier ponders Rangers' assistant GM opening. go.com (2007). Retrieved on 2007-06-16.

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Awards
Preceded by
Billy Smith
Winner of the Conn Smythe Trophy
1984
Succeeded by
Wayne Gretzky
Preceded by
Wayne Gretzky
Winner of the Hart Trophy
1990
Succeeded by
Brett Hull
Preceded by
Brett Hull
Winner of the Hart Trophy
1992
Succeeded by
Mario Lemieux
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Wayne Gretzky
Edmonton Oilers captains
1988-91
Succeeded by
Kevin Lowe
Preceded by
Kelly Kisio
New York Rangers captains
1991-97
Succeeded by
Brian Leetch
Preceded by
Trevor Linden
Vancouver Canucks captains
1997-2000
Succeeded by
Markus Naslund
Preceded by
Brian Leetch
New York Rangers captains
2000-04
Succeeded by
Jaromir Jagr
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