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|1979 NHL DRAFT PICK|
Selected in third round
48 overall by Edmonton Oilers
Born January 18, 1961
Left Wing / Center|
Height: 6-1 Weight: 190
|BEFORE THE DRAFT|
Birthplace: Edmonton, Alberta (Canada)
PRE-DRAFT AWARDS AND HONORS
Miscellaneous: Joined Portland for 1978 WCHL playoffs, scoring four goals
and one assist in seven playoff games. ... Signed with Indianapolis (WHA) to
five-game tryout contract as a 17-year-old on Nov. 5, 1978. The signing took
place three days after Indianapolis had sold Wayne Gretzky to Edmonton. ... Was on
Indianapolis (WHA) team that folded on Dec. 15, 1978. He signed with
Cincinnati (WHA) as unrestricted free agent in January 1979. ... Played on
line with Mike Gartner for Cincinnati during 1978-79 season.
| Debut: October 10, 1979 (Edmonton at
Numbers: 11 (Edmonton); 11
(N.Y. Rangers); 11 (Vancouver)
Stanley Cup: 1984, 1985, 1987,
1988, 1990, 1994
Playing Status: Retired September 12, 2005
|CAREER NHL STATISTICS|
|1979-2004||EDM, NYR, VAN
|CAREER NHL PLAYOFF STATISTICS|
AWARDS AND HONORS
HOCKEY HALL OF FAME:
Hart Trophy: 1989-90 (Edmonton), 1991-92 (N.Y. Rangers)
Pearson Award: 1989-90 (Edmonton), 1991-92 (NYR)
Smythe Trophy: 1984 (Edmonton)
Sporting News NHL Player of Year: 1989-90
(Edm.), 1991-92 (NYR)
Hockey News NHL Player of Year: 1989-90 (Edm.),
NHL All-Star First Team: 1981-82, 1982-83, 1989-90 (Edmonton), 1991-92
NHL All-Star Second Team: 1983-84 (Edmonton)
Sporting News NHL All-Star First Team: 1981-82, 1982-83, 1989-90 (Edmonton),
1991-92 (N.Y. Rangers)
Sporting News NHL All-Star Second Team: 1986-87 (Edmonton)
News NHL All-Star First Team: 1989-90 (Edmonton)
All-Star Game: 1982, 1983, 1984, 1986, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991 (Edmonton),
1992, 1993 (injured, did not play), 1994, 1996, 1997 (N.Y. Rangers), 1998, 2000 (Vancouver),
2004 (N.Y. Rangers)
All-Star Game Eastern Conference Captain: 1994
Stanley Cup Finals (Lost): 1983 (Edmonton)
NHL Shooting Accuracy
Champion (SuperSkills Winner): 1996
Edmonton Feldman Trophy (MVP): 1989-90
Edmonton Molson Cup (Three-Stars Leader): 1989-90
Edmonton Top Top Playoff Performer: 1984
Edmonton Most Popular Player: 1988-89, 1989-90, 1990-91
Edmonton Captain: Oct. 6, 1988, until Oct. 4, 1991
N.Y. Rangers MVP: 1991-92, 1995, 1995-96
N.Y. Rangers Players' Player Award: 1995-96
N.Y. Rangers Boucher Trophy (Most
Popular): 1991-92, 1995, 1995-96, 1996-97
N.Y. Rangers McDonald Award (Extra
N.Y. Rangers Good Guy Award: 1991-92
N.Y. Rangers Crumb Bum Award (Service to Local Kids): 1995
N.Y. Rangers Captain: Oct. 7, 1991, until July 28, 1997, and July 13,
2000, until July 1, 2003.
Vancouver Taylor Trophy (MVP): 1999-00
Vancouver Molson Cup (Three-Stars Leader): 1999-00
Vancouver Captain: Oct. 2, 1997, until July 13, 2000
NHL Records: Most career shorthanded playoff
goals (14), most shorthanded goals in playoff game (2 for N.Y. Rangers vs.
New Jersey on April 21, 1992, shares record), most career assists in the All-Star Game (14),
most assists in one period of an All-Star Game (3 in 1983)
Most points in one season by a left wing (106 in 1982-83), most assists in one
season by a left wing (64 in 1983-84), most assists in one period (4 vs.
Minnesota on Jan. 4, 1984, shares record), most goals in one playoff game (4
vs. Calgary on April 14, 1983, shares record), most career shorthanded playoff
Rangers Records: Most assists by a center in a season (72 in 1991-92),
most power-play goals, game (3 vs. New Jersey on March 22, 1992), most
goals in a playoff year (12 in 1994), most shorthanded goals in one playoff
game (2 vs. New Jersey on April 21, 1992)
100-Point Seasons: 1982-83 (Edmonton) (106), 1983-84 (Edmonton) (101),
1986-87 (Edmonton) (107), 1987-88 (Edmonton) (111), 1989-90 (Edmonton) (129),
1991-92 (N.Y. Rangers) (107)
50-Goal Seasons: 1981-82 (Edmonton)
NHL Playoffs Points Leader:
1990 (Edmonton) (31 points, tie)
NHL Playoffs Assists Leader: 1990
(Edmonton) (22 assists)
Edmonton Points Leader: 1989-90 (129)
Edmonton Goals Leader: 1989-90 (45)
Edmonton Assists Leader:
1988-89 (61), 1989-90 (84), 1990-91 (52)
Leader: 1983-84 (165)
Edm. Playoffs Points Leader: 1980 (3,
tie), 1989 (12), 1990 (31, tie)
Edmonton Playoffs Goals Leader: 1983
Edmonton Playoffs Assists Leader: 1989 (11), 1990 (22), 1991
N.Y. Rangers Points Leader: 1991-92 (107), 1992-93 (91), 1995
(53), 1995-96 (99)
N.Y. Rangers Goals Leader: 1995-96 (47), 1996-97
N.Y. Rangers Assists Leader: 1992-93 (66), 1995 (39)
Rangers Playoffs Points Leader: 1996 (11)
N.Y. Rangers Playoffs
Goals Leader: 1994 (12)
N.Y. Rangers Playoffs Assists Leader:
1995 (10), 1996 (7, tie)
N.Y. Rangers Playoffs Penalty-Minutes Leader:
1996 (16, tie)
Vancouver Assists Leader: 1998-99 (35)
Miscellaneous: Ranked by The Hockey News in 1997 as the 12th
greatest NHL player of all time. ... His first NHL game was also first in history of Edmonton
Oilers NHL franchise and first in Wayne Gretzky's NHL career. ... Missed part
of 1981-82 season with ankle injury, suffered during Edmonton's Nov. 7, 1981,
game at Chicago. ... Missed part of 1982-83 season with chipped bone in wrist,
an injury suffered in March 1983. ... Hampered by shoulder injury during 1983
playoffs. ... Suspended one game by NHL during 1983-84 season for receiving
three game-misconduct penalties during course of season. ... Suspended
six games by NHL during 1983-84 season for hitting Thomas Gradin over the
helmet with his stick during Edmonton's Jan. 18, 1984, game vs. Vancouver.
Gradin suffered a mild concussion. Messier was immediately suspended and sat
out three games while awaiting the official NHL verdict, which tacked on an
additional three games. He was permitted to play in the NHL All-Star Game on
Jan. 31, 1984, and returned to action with Edmonton on Feb. 5, 1984, at
Washington. ... Became a full-time center for Edmonton's Feb. 15, 1984, game
vs. Winnipeg after having played left wing for the first four years of his NHL
career. ... Missed part of 1984-85 season with sprained knee, an injury
suffered during Edmonton's Nov. 4, 1984, game in Winnipeg. ... Suspended 10
games by NHL for cracking Jamie Macoun's cheekbone in a fight during
Edmonton's Dec. 26, 1984, game at Calgary. Messier was retaliating for having
been boarded by Macoun earlier in the game, but the NHL ruled that he had
instigated the fight. The suspension was announced on Jan. 14, 1985, and
Messier did not return to action until Edmonton's Feb. 6, 1985, game at
Winnipeg. ... Became Edmonton assistant captain during 1985-86 season. ...
Missed part of 1985-86 season with hairline fracture in left foot, an injury
suffered during Edmonton's Dec. 3, 1985, game at Los Angeles. He did not
return to action until Jan. 11, 1986. ... Named Edmonton Dodge Performer of
Month for February 1988 and Performer of Week for week ending Nov. 29, 1987.
... Expressed anger at Edmonton's trading of Wayne Gretzky to Los Angeles on
Aug. 9, 1988. He threatened to protest the trade by playing in Europe during
1988-89 season, but finally reported to training camp on Sept. 8, 1988.
Suspended six games by NHL during 1988-89 season for hitting Rich Sutter in
mouth with a high stick during Edmonton's Oct. 23, 1988, game at Vancouver.
Although Messier was not called for a penalty on the play, Sutter suffered
four broken teeth, and the Canucks appealed to the NHL with videotaped replays
to ensure that Messier would be suspended. A hearing was held on Oct. 27,
1988, and Messier was suspended on Nov. 1, 1988.... Missed parts of 1988-89
season with twisted left knee, an injury suffered during Edmonton's Jan. 28,
1989, game vs. Los Angeles, with strained right knee, an injury suffered
during Edmonton's Feb. 3, 1989, game vs. Detroit, and with bruised left knee,
an injury suffered when he was checked by Michel Petit during Edmonton's Feb.
12, 1989, game at N.Y. Rangers. ... Named NHL Player of Week for week of Jan.
28, 1990. ... Beat Ray Bourque by two votes to win 1989-90 Hart Trophy. ...
Missed parts of 1990-91 season with torn ligaments in left knee, an injury
suffered when Dave Lowry fell on him during Edmonton's Oct. 16, 1990, game at
St. Louis, and re-aggravated during Edmonton's Dec. 12, 1990, game vs.
Vancouver and again in a collision with Doug Gilmour during Edmonton's Dec.
22, 1990, game at Calgary. ... Missed part of 1990-91 season with broken left
thumb, an injury suffered during Edmonton's Feb. 11, 1991, game vs.
Pittsburgh. ... Missed part of 1992 playoffs with back injury. ... Missed part
of 1992-93 season with sprained ligament in wrist, an injury suffered during
N.Y. Rangers' Jan. 19, 1993, game at Detroit, and with strained rib cage
muscle, an injury suffered during N.Y. Rangers' Feb. 27, 1993, game at
Edmonton, and re-aggravated during N.Y. Rangers' March 11, 1993, game at
Chicago. The injury kept him out of the 1993 NHL All-Star Game. ... Suspended
without pay for three non-game, non-travel days and fined $500 by NHL for stick-swinging incident
with Ulf Samuelsson during N.Y. Rangers' March 5, 1993, game
vs. Pittsburgh. The suspension was announced on March 18, 1993, and began on
March 25, 1993. Messier lost $25,545 in salary. ... Played his 1,000th
NHL game on April 7, 1993 (N.Y. Rangers at New Jersey). ... Missed part of
1993-94 season with sprained wrist, an injury suffered during N.Y. Rangers'
Dec. 22, 1993, game at Florida, and with bruised thigh, an injury suffered
during N.Y. Rangers' March 16, 1994, game vs. Hartford. ... Was first player
in NHL history to be captain of two different teams that won Stanley Cup
championships. ... Missed part of 1995 season with back spasms, suffered
during N.Y. Rangers' April 30, 1995, game at Philadelphia. ... Missed part of
1995-96 season with bruised shoulder, an injury suffered during N.Y. Rangers'
Feb. 27, 1996, game vs. Washington. ... Missed remainder of 1995-96 regular
season with bruised ribs, an injury suffered during N.Y.
Rangers' April 4, 1996, game at Philadelphia. ... Assisted on Ray Bourque's
game-winning goal in NHL All-Star Game on Jan. 20, 1996, at Boston. ...
Was finalist for 1995-96 Hart Trophy. ... Named NHL Player of Week for week
ending Nov. 12, 1995. ... Named NHL Player of Month for December 1996. ...
Suspended two games and fined $1,000 by NHL for hitting Mike Hough from behind
during second period of N.Y. Rangers' Oct. 6, 1996, game vs. Florida. ...
Missed parts of 1996-97 season with hyperextended left elbow, an injury
suffered during N.Y. Rangers' Dec. 7, 1996, game at Toronto, with back spasms,
suffered during N.Y. Rangers' Feb. 23, 1997, game at Philadelphia and with
charley horse, suffered during N.Y. Rangers' March 27, 1997, game at New
Jersey. ... Scored game-winning goal for North American All-Stars in 1998 NHL
All-Star Game at Vancouver. ... Scored 600th NHL goal on Oct. 23, 1998
(Vancouver at Florida). ... Missed parts of 1998-99 season with concussion, an
injury suffered during Vancouver's Dec. 22, 1998, game at Calgary, with
sprained MCL in knee, an injury suffered during Vancouver's Feb. 11, 1999,
game at Pittsburgh, and with groin injury, suffered during Vancouver's March
31, 1999, game vs. Toronto. ... Missed part of 1999-00 season with sprained
MCL in knee, an injury suffered during Vancouver's Nov. 9, 1999, game vs. San
Jose, and re-aggravated suffered during Vancouver's Dec. 29, 1999, game vs.
Philadelphia. ... Missed parts of 2001-02 season with strained muscle in ribs,
an injury suffered during N.Y. Rangers' Oct. 13, 2001, game at Ottawa, with
back spasms and strained shoulder, injuries suffered during N.Y. Rangers' Dec.
6, 2001, game vs. Toronto and re-injured during N.Y. Rangers' Dec. 17, 2001,
game vs. Florida, and with re-aggravation of shoulder injury, suffered during
N.Y. Rangers' Jan. 2, 2002, game at Edmonton. ... Missed remainder of 2001-2
season with re-aggravation of shoulder injury, suffered during N.Y. Rangers'
Feb. 13, 2002, game at Dallas. ... Passed Larry Murphy for second place on
all-time NHL games-played list by playing in his 1,616th game on Nov. 3, 2002
(N.Y. Rangers at St. Louis). ... Traded by N.Y. Rangers to San Jose in
exchange for future considerations on July 1, 2003, but never played for
parent team since he became an unrestricted free agent. ... Signed with N.Y.
Rangers for his 25th NHL season on Sept. 5, 2003. ... Passed Gordie Howe for
second place on all-time NHL points list by recording his 1,851st point (a
goal) during N.Y. Rangers' Nov. 4, 2003, game vs. Dallas. Only Wayne Gretzky
had more points than Messier. ... Missed part of 2003-04 season with charley horse in left leg,
an injury suffered when he
collided with linesman Steve Miller with 1:10 to go in second period of N.Y.
Rangers' Dec. 2, 2003, game at Toronto. ... Suspended two games by NHL
during 2003-04 season for spearing Martin Strbak in N.Y. Rangers' March 21,
2004, game at Pittsburgh. ... Missed part of 2003-04 season with bruised
elbow, an injury suffered during N.Y. Rangers' March 21, 2004, game at
Pittsburgh. He did not return to action until N.Y. Rangers' March 31, 2004,
game vs. Buffalo. ... Had his N.Y. Rangers' No. 11 jersey
retired prior to N.Y. Rangers' Jan. 12, 2006, game vs. Edmonton.
Messier's First Holdout: Messier missed the
first three weeks of Edmonton's 1987 training camp in a contract dispute with
the Oilers front office. Although he was still under contract to Edmonton,
Messier joined teammate Paul Coffey in announcing after the Canada Cup that
they would not report to training camp until the final two years of their
contracts were renegotiated. At first, it appeared his holdout would be
short-lived, however. After visiting his brother Paul in West Germany, Messier
met with Edmonton general manager and coach Glen Sather and got assurances
that he said made it possible for him to return on Sept. 25, 1987. Messier and
his father Doug, who was serving as his agent, changed their minds once it
came time to report, and Messier insisted he would not return without a
renegotiated contract. One day before the start of the 1987-88 season, Messier
and the Oilers announced they had a new six-year deal that nearly doubled
Messier's 1987-88 salary to more than $600,000. Messier played in the season
opener but did not officially sign a new contract until September 1988.
Messier Leaves Edmonton: Messier's more than 12 years with the Edmonton
Oilers came to a bitter end when he was traded to N.Y. Rangers on Oct. 4,
1991. Considerable drama led up to the deal that literally stripped the Oilers
of their heart and soul. The dispute dated back to the summer of 1990, when
Messier and his agent-father Doug were rebuffed on their bid to renegotiate
Messier's 1990-91 contract, despite the fact that Messier still owed two
seasons to Edmonton. Doug Messier insisted on guarantees that Mark would be
the NHL's third-highest paid player, but Edmonton general manager Glen Sather
would not make such a promise. This stirred talk of a trade, including a rumor
that Sather had told Doug Messier to find the best deal possible during the
1990-91 season. Prior to the 1991 Canada Cup tournament, in August 1991,
Edmonton offered Messier a renegotiated deal of $10 million over five years,
but during the Canada Cup tournament in late August 1991, Messier publicly
declared he'd had enough with the Edmonton organization and requested a trade,
saying he had likely played his last game for the Oilers. Teammates rallied in
support of Messier, but the stalemate with Sather was too much to overcome.
Messier said he did not believe the Oilers were committed to winning anymore,
and he would not play for a team that wasn't competing for the Stanley Cup.
The drama finally ended on the day of the Oilers' 1991-92 season-opener when
Messier was dealt to the Rangers, who had opened their 1991-92 season the
Messier's 1994 Playoff Effort: Messier forever
secured his place in New York hockey history in 1994, when he led the Rangers
to their first Stanley Cup in 54 years. Messier's leadership was dramatic.
Although he scored the Stanley Cup-clinching goal at 13:29 of the second
period during Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals series vs. Vancouver, his
greatest moment came in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals on May 25,
1994, at New Jersey. The Rangers entered Game 6 trailing the series 3-2 and
were in danger of being eliminated. Messier guaranteed the Rangers would win
that game, and he came through with a natural hat trick in the third period of
a dramatic 4-2 Rangers victory. Messier also had an assist in the game.
|Post-Draft Teams: Houston (CHL)|
NHL-USSR Rendez-vous Series: 1987
Canada Cup: 1984
(first place), 1987 (first place), 1991 (first place)
World Cup of Hockey: 1996
World Championships: 1989 (silver medal)
AWARDS AND HONORS
Career: Founded Tampa Bay franchise in Roller Hockey International League
and owned it for its lone season in 1994
Miscellaneous: Was MVP of Game 1 of
1987 Rendez-vous series. ... Charged with
hit-and-run and careless driving for a Sept. 6, 1985, incident in which he
left the scene of an accident in his Porsche. Edmonton police said Messier
crossed the center line of the road at 1 a.m. and hit three other cars. Police
said Messier left the scene of the accident, but reported his role in the
collision three hours later. He paid $325 in fines. .. Was Canada's alternate
captain in 1996 World Cup of Hockey. ... Was active in
charitable causes during his playing days in Edmonton, including work as
honorary co-chairman of Alberta Lung Association and Christmas Seals Campaign.
... Ran clothing business with his family during his playing days in Edmonton.
... Founded Messier Management International with his brother Paul and sister
Mary Kay. ... Appeared on Late Night With David Letterman in December
1991, the first of many U.S. TV talk show appearances. ... Was active in
charitable causes in New York, including work with the homeless and the Hockey in Harlem program.
... Established the Mark Messier Point Club to benefit the Tomorrow's
Children's Fund while playing for N.Y. Rangers in 1993. ... Won 1995 ESPY
Awards for Outstanding Pro Hockey Performer and Outstanding Performance
Under Pressure. ... Paired with PGA
Tour player Richard Zokal to win Greater Vancouver Open NHL/NBA Pro-Am golf
tournament in 1997. ... Established Mess' Catch Classic to help raise money
for Canuck Place Children's Hospital in 1998. ... A rink in St. Albert,
Alberta, was named Mark Messier Arena in his honor.
Personal: Nicknamed "Moose"
and "Mess." ... Full name is Mark John Douglas Messier. ... Younger brother of former NHL player Paul Messier. ... Son of former
minor-league player and coach Doug Messier. ... Second cousin of former NHL
players Joby Messier and Mitch Messier. ... Brother-in-law of former NHL
player John Blum.
|HOW HE GOT AWAY|
|TRADE: Edmonton traded Messier and future
considerations to N.Y. Rangers in exchange for Bernie Nicholls, Steven Rice
and Louie DeBrusk on October 4, 1991. The future considerations were fulfilled
when Edmonton sent Jeff Beukeboom to N.Y. Rangers in exchange for David Shaw
on November 12, 1991.||
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