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Mark Messier

NHL Legend Mark Messier
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Profession: NHL Legend


Biography: Played 25 years in the NHL with the Edmonton Oilers, New York Rangers, and Vancouver Canucks. Considered one of the greatest NHL players of all time, 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.

Born: January 18, 1961
Birthplace: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Age: 61 years old

Generation: Baby Boomer
Chinese Zodiac: Rat
Star Sign: Capricorn

Historical Events

  • 1985-09-06 Mark Messier loses control of his Porsche and totals three cars, and would later be charged with hit and run and careless driving (he would pay a fine)
  • 1986-12-26 Mark Messier is suspended for 10 games for instigating a fight with Jamie Macoun and breaking his cheekbone
  • 1991-10-04 Edmonton Oilers trade captain Mark Messier (on the team for all 5 Stanley Cups) to the NY Rangers in exchange for Bernie Nicholls, Steven Rice & Louie DeBrusk; Messier leads Rangers to Cup 2 seasons later
  • 1994-05-25 Mark Messier scores a natural hat trick for the New York Rangers in game 6 of the NHL Eastern Conference Finals
  • 1997-07-28 NY Ranger center Mark Messier signs with Vancouver for $20M for 3 yrs
  • 1998-01-10 Vancouver Canucks veteran center Mark Messier becomes the 6th player in NHL history to record 1,000 assists in a 2-2 tie against the Florida Panthers at General Motors Place
  • 1998-02-28 Vancouver Canucks Mark Messier is 4th NHLer to get 1,600 points
  • 2002-11-02 Mark Messier plays his 1,616th NHL game, a 3-2 Rangers loss against the St. Blues, to move into 2nd place on the all-time games played list; passes Larry Murphy and ends career with 1,756 games, just 11 shy of Gordie Howe
  • 2005-09-12 Mark Messier announces on ESPN radio that he will retire from the NHL
  • 2006-01-12 During an emotional ceremony, Mark Messier's #11 jersey is retired by the New York Rangers
  • 2007-02-27 Mark Messier's #11 jersey is retired by the Edmonton Oilers

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