Messier battling Canucks for $ UPD: Awarded $6m by Arbitrator
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08-10-2012, 01:31 AM
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you're literally the only person in existence with that story, by the way. there are countless anecdotes of messier being the biggest **** of a hockey player known to man, and then yours which contradict those
In 1986, myself and some buddies went to Expo 86, and we're able to get into the Bavarian Beer Garden. As we were enjoying our beers, we noticed the table of guys and gals next to us had a huge pyramid of empty shot glasses going. It was Mark Messier, Glen Anderson and two other Oilers (all with gals).
We absolutely hated the Oilers, but something about seeing them live in person like that, ESP so soon after the season had concluded made us reach out and say hello. We were all kind of scared to do so, as Mess especially looked like he was an absolute a hole on the ice (he had clubbed Thomas Gradin over the head not too long before that).
Well, they were all so nice, ESP Messier. They went out of their way to be friendly to us, a bunch of nobody kids, too young to be in their in the first place.
Years later when he was a Canuck, we ran into him in the pouring rain on a weekday am in Yaletown. I said hello, half expecting he'd ignore me. Not only did he not, he stopped and struck up a conversation (as I was trying to save myself from getting soaked).
He sucked as a player for us, but my own personal experience leads me to believe he was a great guy. There is a lot to dislike from what we heard, ESP with the Linden fiasco, but, hockey aside, I think he was a class act. I also think he did a heck of a lot to turn Naslunds career around.
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