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Smallthoughts: Old School Tuesday …Mark Messier

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mark-messier-5.jpgMark Messier, New York Rangers

In Edmonton on the ice Mark Messier was known as Wayne Gretzky’s partner in crime, In New York Mark Meisser is bigger than Gretzky…he is known as the man who brought the Stanley Cup to the NewYork Rangers after 54 years of not winning the Stanley cup.

Messier played professionally with the World Hockey Association (WHA)’s Indianapolis Racers and Cincinnati Stingers.[1] He was the last former WHA player to be active in professional hockey, and the last active player who had played in the NHL in the 1970s.

Messier is considered one of the greatest NHL players of all time without an Olympic medal. 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, five with the Oilers and one with the Rangers, and is the only player to captain two different professional teams to championships.His playoff leadership while in New York, which ended a 54-year Stanley Cup drought in 1994, earned him the nickname “The Messiah”. He was also known, over the course of his career, as “The Moose” for his aggression and strength. He twice won the Hart Trophy as the league’s most valuable player, in 1990 and 1992, and in 1984 he won the Conn Smythe Trophy as the most valuable player during the playoffs. He is a 15-time NHL All-Star. In 2007, he was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame, in his first year of eligibility.

Smallthoughts: Old School Tuesday salutes …The Captain Mark Messier.

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