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04-01-2004, 10:37 AM
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what about the oilers? would they retire Mess' number considering that him and Wayne were pretty much the main reason for their success (although they were helped by Lowe, Esa, etc...)
The Oilers will retire #11, but they usually wait until after Hall of Fame admission, if I'm not mistaken. Messier is still revered in Edmonton.
There is a documentary of the glory days in Edmonton called Boys on the Bus, and there's a great sequence of the Oilers having dinner and Messier and Gretzky talking about what motivates them. Gretzky talked about loving the game and just wanting the puck, whereas Messier talked about challenging yourself and achieving. Very interesting contrast.
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