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Mark Messier | Center

Team: New York Rangers
Age / DOB:  (53) / 1/18/1961
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 211
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Former Rangers captain Mark Messier, now a consultant with the Edmonton Oilers, thinks New York can win the Stanley Cup.
"They’re definitely playing well at the right time of year," he said. "I think that after a tough start, they’ve really come together as a team. They’re an exciting team to watch right now, they’re playing a good brand of hockey. They seem to be firing on all cylinders right now, getting a lot of contributions from a lot of different players. . . (Goalie Henrik) Lundqvist is playing great right now. They have a lot of balance in their attack right now, and their defense is as stable as there is in the league, so I give them a great chance." Apr 5 - 10:29 AM
Source: NY Post

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Mark Messier says GM Glen Sather approached him about the New York Rangers' vacant head coach position.

News of Messier's interest in the job leaked through the media, but the fact that Sather approached him is certainly news. Of course, it's all a moot point now since Messier has left the Rangers organization after they hired Alain Vingeault to replace John Tortorella. Messier says he didn't leave because of the coaching decision, but it's hard to believe it didn't at least play a role in his decision.
Source: NY Post
Fri, Jun 28, 2013 09:32:00 AM

Mark Messier announced, via a statement, that he is leaving the New York Rangers organization.

"I would like to thank the New York Rangers and particularly Glen Sather for giving me the opportunity over the last four years to work with the Rangers," Messier said. "I am resigning my position with the team to pursue an opportunity to expand the game of hockey in the New York area by developing the Kingsbridge National Ice Center. Although some will perceive this as a reaction to the coaching decision, nothing could be further from the truth. I completely respect the decision that was made and for all the reasons it was made. I harbor no hard feelings toward Glen or the Rangers. This is a personal choice I am making to create a program in the New York area that will give our children more choices and opportunities in the future. I wish the Rangers nothing but the best in the future." We would like to wish him the best.
Thu, Jun 27, 2013 05:23:00 PM

Alain Vigneault was asked if Mark Messier might join his coaching staff.

Messier had interest in the Rangers' coaching position, but it ultimately went to Vigneault. Messier has very little in the way of coaching experience at any level, so if he's serious about someday becoming a bench boss, learning from Vigneault would be a good start. Vigneault plans to talk to Messier, but he doesn't want to comment beyond that, but it doesn't sound like he's opposed to the idea.
Source: NHL.com
Fri, Jun 21, 2013 01:21:00 PM

Rangers GM Glen Sather isn't sure what the future holds for Mark Messier now that the team has passed on him becoming their next head coach.

"I don't really know what Mark is going to do," Sather told The New York Post Wednesday night. "He was very disappointed when I called to tell him that we were going to hire Alain [Vigneault]. He said he wanted to take a few days and would call me, but we haven't spoken since." Messier has spent the last four seasons as a special assistant to Sather. His situation may become clearer leading into the team's press conference Friday when they will introduce Vigneault as their coach.
Thu, Jun 20, 2013 07:36:00 AM

Mark Messier is interested in becoming the New York Rangers next coach.

Messier is a Hall of Famer and played a huge role in the New York Rangers winning the Stanley Cup in 1994. That being said, there are a lot of great coaches with a ton of experience in contention for the Rangers' top coaching gig. Given that the Rangers have a win-now mentality, they might hesitate to take a chance on a popular, but comparatively inexperienced option like Messier.
Fri, May 31, 2013 05:50:00 PM

Mark Messier got a $6 million settlement from an arbitrator in his case against the Vancouver Canucks.

Messier signed a five-year contract with the Vancouver Canucks in 1997, but he only played with them for three seasons before he was bought out. It is believed that the dispute was over deferred money. "Canucks Sports & Entertainment is aware of the arbitrator’s decision and will have no further comment on the matter," the team reported in a statement. Messier is a special assistant to the president of the New York Rangers.
Fri, Aug 3, 2012 10:55:00 AM

Mark Messier has decided to play for the New York Rangers in the NHL Alumni Game.

The Alumni Game is part of the 2012 Winter Classic festivities and will take place on December 31st. Messier will play with Adam Graves and Brian Leetch, who were also part of the New York Rangers' 1994 Stanley Cup winning team.
Fri, Dec 9, 2011 10:39:00 AM

The Rangers have brought back legendary captain Mark Messier to fold as a special assistant to the general manager.

Messier has said in the past that he'd like to become a general manager one day and it the apprenticeship process now begins under GM Glen Sather. "I am looking forward to joining the Rangers organization and having the opportunity to learn a new part of the business, working closely with Glen," Messier said. If all goes well, Sather has just hired his eventual replacement.
Mon, Aug 17, 2009 09:46:00 AM

Do not be surprised if Mark Messier lands a management job with the Rangers.

"A couple of years ago we talked and he wasn't that keen on being a scout, but I think he's refined that," said Rangers' general manager Glen Sather. "I'm sure this summer Mark and I will have another conversation about it. He's got a good eye for talent. And the scouting, it's not just the NHL, it's going to places like Sudbury (junior) and Hartford (their AHL farm club) and going to meetings and filing reports." Sather believes Messier could be a fine GM one day as well. Stay tuned.
Sun, Jan 25, 2009 05:06:00 PM

Mark Messier, Ron Francis, Scott Stevens and Al MacInnis have been elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame.

All four had outstanding careers and deserved to be elected on their first try. Former Toronto GM Jim Gregory was also elected in the builder category.
Source: TSN.ca
Thu, Jun 28, 2007 10:05:00 PM

The Hockey Hall of Fame is scheduled to announce the newest members of hallowed halls on Thursday.

It is expected that the new inductees are Mark Messier, Ron Francis, Al MacInnis, and Scott Stevens. All are more than deserving of this honor.
Thu, Jun 28, 2007 09:57:00 AM

Mark Messier should get into the Hockey Hall of Fame by way of unanimous decision when voting takes place on Thursday.

Messier sits second to only Wayne Gretzky in career points, with 1887, and he has captured six Stanley Cups, while being widely recognized as one of the NHL's best leaders. He joins an elite class of inductee nominees this year, alongside Ron Francis, Scott Stevens, Al MacInnis, Igor Larionov, and Adam Oates.
Tue, Jun 26, 2007 08:15:00 AM

Mark Messier is not ready to assume the vacant position as Rangers' assistant general manager left by Don Maloney's departure.

"I'd like at some point to get back into the game," Messier said. "But at this particular point, I don't think I'm quite ready for it." Messier has been in booth on Versus doing color commentary during the Stanley Cup finals and it is only a matter of time before he finds himself working in the head office of a NHL club.
Source: Newsday
Thu, May 31, 2007 06:17:00 AM

Mark Messier is looking to return to hockey and eventually wants to become the GM of the New York Rangers.

He wants to replace current Ranger GM Glen Sather, when Sather retires and would be willing to apprentice under Sather until then. "He probably could," Sather said about the apprenticeship. "We'd have to sit down and figure out a lot of details. The first thing would be to be sure it's what he really wants to do because it's not something you can work at part time. I talked to him previously, just last spring, and he wasn't sure. I'm glad he's interested. He has been able to accomplish everything he set his mind to at this stage in his life. Most guys who have stepped in as a general manager have worked to get a little background, either in coaching or working under others in an organization. I think there are necessary steps to take." It would be great for hockey should Messier decide to return.
Source: TSN.ca
Tue, Feb 6, 2007 05:02:00 PM

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2Derick Brassard
3Dominic Moore
4Chris Mueller
LW1Chris Kreider
2Carl Hagelin
3Ryan Malone
4J.T. Miller
5Tanner Glass
6Matthew Lombardi
7Nick Tarnasky
8Chris Bourque
RW1Martin St. Louis
2Mats Zuccarello
3Rick Nash
4Lee Stempniak
5Jesper Fast
D1Ryan McDonagh
2Daniel Girardi
3Dan Boyle
4Marc Staal
5Kevin Klein
6John Moore
7Matt Hunwick
8Mike Kostka
G1Henrik Lundqvist
2Cameron Talbot