I'm going to preface this by saying I'm not a Messier fan by any stretch of the imagination. Lost respect for him after his work to get Neilson fired in 1993. I'm also a Canuck fan, and 1997-2000 left a bit of a bitter taste in my mouth.
But congrats to him on this night. Regardless of what you think of him, we're talking about, at worst, a top-10 centre in NHL history, and one of the top 25 players. Nobody in the last 30 years has combined goals and hits like Messier.
The best leader ever? No. Beliveau, Richard, Esposito and Clarke were all better leaders. But he was money in the clutch, and capable of putting his team on his back and carrying them for extended periods of time.
He was a key player on six Stanley Cup champions. I can't give him bigger praise than that. He had several other great playoffs, too.
So, is there like an actual game today, or is the entire 3 hours dedicated to Mark? I know the Rangers are grateful to Mark for finally hanging them up so they could return to being an actual team, but still...
Wow, the production of that ceremony was great! It lasted pretty damn long though, lol...a bit over an hour I believe. I loved it though...glad I was able to watch the Moose while he was still a player.
Totally agree. While he was huge with the Oilers, winning Smyth's and Stanley's...that 94 run was just so huge. I'm not saying it eclipsed his success with the Oilers, but he really solidified his standing as a sports legend with not only a great regular season, but with that Cup guaruntee, clinching goals, etc.
I don't get it. He wins one cup in NY, and they retire his jersey? I know the Rags went a long time without a cup, but is this an appropriate standard for retiring a jersey? First Bourque and now Messier. Count me out.
Messier's jersey should hang in Edmonton and nowhere else.
His stats in New York:
All-time team rank
698 games 11th
250 goals 7th
441 assists 6th
691 points 5th
Point per game, great captain, 54 year wait, etc.
Top moment of the night: On Sportsdesk (Cablevision's Sportscenter like show) before the ceremony the anchor referred to this game as "The most anticipated regular season game ever." He then went on to try and make me laugh myself to death by showing a picture of Mark Messier talking to a fan and saying "There's Captain Mark Messier--a man of the people"