Messier, Mark - 2006
Messier, Mark - 2006
Hockey Athlete, Edmonton
Inducted in 2006
Mark Messier became the most dominating two-way player in hockey since Gordie Howe and is now considered the greatest leader in all of sports. Playing left wing or center, Mark’s brute strength, strong skating skills and accurate wrist shot were an intimidating force when he stepped on the ice. His friends called him ‘Mess’, everybody else called him ’Moose’. He finished his NHL career ranked 2nd in all-time scoring with 1,877 points (694 goals and 1,193 assists): 1,910 penalty minutes in 1,756 regular season games. He holds the record for most NHL regular season and playoff season games played at 1,992. He is the only man to captain two different teams to Stanley Cup Championships, winning six in total.
Mark’s career began with a five-game tryout for the WHA Indianapolis Racers in 1978. He was selected 48th overall in the NHL entry draft by the Edmonton Oilers. Mark would become an integral part of the Oilers domination during the 1980’s -1990 and five Stanley Cup victories.
Mark Messier was traded to the New York Rangers in 1991, the Vancouver Canucks in 1997, and back to New York Rangers in 2000. He played his last game in the NHL on March 31, 2004.
During the Rangers run for the Stanley Cup, Messier had a natural hat trick in game six of the conference final, and he scored the winning goal in game seven of the Stanley Cup Final as he led the New York Rangers to their first Stanley Cup victory in 54 years.
Mark Messier was the Conn Smythe Trophy winner in 1984 when the Oilers won their first Stanley Cup. Twice he received the Hart Memorial Trophy and Lester B. Pearson Trophy, both in 1990 and 1992. He played in fifteen NHL All-Star Games and was named a First Team All-Star in 1982, 1983, 1990 and 1992, and a second Team All-Star in 1984.
2006 Hockey Athlete, Edmonton
Mark’s incredible leadership on and off the ice during his career was honored during the 2006/07 season when the NHL created the ‘Mark Messier NHL Leadership Award’ to be given out “to the player who exemplifies great leadership qualities to his team, on and off the ice during the regular season.”
The Edmonton Oilers retired Messier's #11 jersey on February 7, 2007. Mark was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2007 and Canada's Sports Hall of Fame in 2008. In 2009, he took a job with the New York Rangers as special assistant to president and general manager, Glen Sather. In 2010, Mark coached Team Canada at both the Deutschland Cup and the Spengler Cup Tournaments in Europe. Mark trained and then ran in the 2011 New York City Marathon, finishing with at time of 4:14:21. He played in the 2012 NHL Winter Classic Alumni Game with the New York Rangers. He resigned as special assistant to the New York Rangers president/GM Glen Sather in June 2013. Mark was one of five Edmonton Oilers that made the NHL’s Top 100 List in January 2017. On June 30, 2017, the Governor General named Mark as a new appointee to the Order of Canada – in celebration of Canada’s 150 birthday celebrations.
For the past several years, Mark has put his efforts into The First Shift hockey program which encourages children to get involved in hockey and offers low-cost introductory classes and full sets of hockey equipment to youth across the country. Mark was inducted onto Canada’s Walk of Fame November 2019.
2006 - New York Rangers retired his #11 jersey (Jan.12)
2006/07 – The Mark Messier NHL Leadership Award was created and first handed out in 2007.
2007 - Part of the St. Albert Trail was renamed the Mark Messier Trail (Feb. 26)
2007 - Edmonton Oilers retired his #11 jersey (Feb. 27)
2007 - Hockey Hall of Fame
2009 - Canada's Sports Hall of Fame
2009 - New York Rangers named him special assistant to president and general manager (Glen Sather) (Aug. 16).
2010 - Messier coached Team Canada at the Deutschland Cup and the Spengler Cup in Europe.
2010 – World Hockey Association Hall of Fame inductee – Legends of the Game category.
2011 - Mark ran in the New York City Marathon (Nov.) finishing in 4:14:21.
2011 - He played in the 2012 NHL Winter Classic Alumni Game with the NY Rangers (vs. Philadelphia). (Dec. 31, 2011).
2013 - Order of Hockey (receives April 2013, named to the Order in Dec. 2012)
2013 - Mark resigned as special assistant to President/GM Glen Sather and the New York Rangers in to join the effort to develop the Kingsbridge National Ice Center in the Bronx. In August, he teamed up with Bauer and Hockey Canada to help bring new players to hockey with their "Grow the Game" program.
2017 – Voted to the NHL’s Top 100 List
2017 – Order of Canada appointment announced on June 30, 2017. Ceremony May 10, 2018.
2018 – “NHL’s Greatest Team 1984-85 Edmonton Oilers” - In Edmonton for the February 11, 2018 celebration and reunion at Rogers Place
2019 – Canada’s Walk of Fame inductee – announcement July 18, 2019; Ceremony Nov. 2019.
Updates - Oct. 7, 2012; August 16, 2013; August 20 & 27, 2017; July 2018; July 2019; May 2020