Nicknamed, “the Moose,” Mark is a player renowned for his leadership abilities and one of the all-time leading NHL scorers. Over a 25 year NHL career, Mark has sipped from Lord Stanley’s Cup 6 times and on two occasions, took home the Hart Trophy as the league’s most valuable player.
Like Gordie Howe, Messier is credited with being the most complete player of his generation.
In 1979 he was selected by the Edmonton Oilers as the team’s second choice, 48th overall in the NHL’s Entry Draft.
Along with his six Stanley Cups, Messier has also represented his country at three Canada Cup Tournaments (1984, 1987 and 1991, one World Championship (1989) and one World Cup (1996). Messier scored his 600th career goal in a win over Florida in October of 1998.
He returned to the Rangers in 2000, and during the 2003-04 season surpassed Gordie Howe as the second highest point getter in NHL history. Messier went on to finish the 2003-04 season with 43 points and 1,887 for his career.
Following a lock out year in 2004-05, Messier called it a career in the summer of 2005. A year after, both the New York Rangers and Edmonton Oilers retired his number 11 in pre-game ceremonies. Earlier that year, the National Hockey League created the Mark Messier Trophy, a monthly leadership award.
Today, Mark is a best-selling author of No One Wins Alone.