Tag:Mark Messier
Posted on: December 8, 2011 8:11 pm
 

Mark Messier confirms he'll play in Alumni Game

By Brian Stubits

So far, almost all of the attention on the Winter Classic Alumni Game has centered on the Philadelphia Flyers. The Legion of Doom? Two of the three are playing at least. Just this week, former Flyers goalie Bernie Parent said that he'll be playing for the black and orange.

But what about the New York Rangers? Who is Mike Keenan going to be coaching?

Well the obvious became official on Thursday. The Rangers announced that their old captain and one of New York's more revered sports Stars, Mark Messier, will be playing for the Blueshirts on Dec. 31.

To see the full Rangers alumni roster as of this point, you can find it here.

We were all waiting for Messier to commit, but not with a lot of suspense. There was little doubt that Messier would eventually commit to playing. Now everybody wants to know if he'll commit to guaranteeing a win in the game like Rangers GM Glen Sather did about the one contest that will matter.

The Alumni Game is obviously just a show for the fans, nothing more than a little throwback fun. So it's great to see Messier confirming his spot. His presence is always welcome for Rangers fans.

Plus, he should be in excellent shape for the game. He just ran the New York Marathon at the beginning of November.

More Winter Classic News Here

Photo: Getty Images

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Posted on: November 7, 2011 11:58 am
Edited on: November 7, 2011 4:30 pm
 

Mark Messier completes NYC Marathon

By: Adam Gretz

As far as athletes go, I have a great deal of respect for anybody that can complete a full marathon, or, heck, even attempt it. It has to take a tremendous amount of dedication, strength, stamina and training to not only prepare for it, but to actually do it. It's no small accomplishment.

The New York Marathon took place on Sunday, and former NHL great -- and Stanley Cup Champion with the Edmonton Oilers and New York Rangers -- Mark Messier took part in, and completed the 26.2 mile race in just a little over four hours.

Upon crossing the finish line, the 50-year-old Hockey Hall of Famer was so exhausted and dizzy that he had to be taken to a medical tent on a wheelchair. Fortunately, he released a statement on Sunday night that said he "Just got filled up with inspiration. I feel great now."

More from the New York Daily News:

He ran to raise money for two charities - Tomorrow's Children's Fund and Answer the Call, which supports the surviving families of 9/11 first responders. But it was Messier who needed help after accomplishing his goal.

He leaned on a railing by the finish line and asked to sit down, said Mary Wittenberg, the CEO of the New York Road Runners, the marathon organizer. He was then escorted to a TV studio and rested for five minutes before going to the medical tent.

The paper also has a brief video of Messier being taken away to the medical tent. But again, fortunately, everything seems to be OK. And a tip of the cap to Messier and all those that took part in the race.

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Posted on: October 28, 2011 3:58 pm
Edited on: November 29, 2011 10:27 am
 

Gretzky says no to Winter Classic Alumni Game

By Brian Stubits

In the last two days, all of the Winter Classic news surrounded the roster for the Philadelphia Flyers Alumni Game roster. Eric Lindros: In. John LeClair: In. Mikael Renberg: Not so much.

But what about the Rangers side? The names like Mark Messier and Brian Leetch seem like givens, but the name everybody was hoping to see, Wayne Gretzky? It doesn't look promising on that front.

“No, I’ll be with my family for the holidays," Gretzky told Pierre LeBrun of ESPN.com. “Plus, they don’t need to see a 50-year-old slow guy out there!"

Gretzky is aware that the game has a lot of guys 50 and older, right? Even if he were 80 I think people would love to see Gretzky out there. The family reason, though? Hard to argue with that.

Now if this holds and Messier can't get in his old friend's ear, it does seem sort of right. After all, Gretzky did play a little in New York, but he's identified with the Oilers and Kings. In a way it would seem cheap to me to have Gretzky with the Rangers in an alumni game. He spent just the final three seasons of his career in the Big Apple. Not exactly the defining days of his career.

Still, I can only imagine that Gretzky would be the best player if he took part.

Photo: Getty Images

Posted on: October 14, 2011 2:37 pm
Edited on: October 14, 2011 4:05 pm
 

Daily Skate: Mark Messier to run in NYC Marathon

By Brian Stubits

RUN, MARK, RUN!: Rangers (and Oilers, of course) icon Mark Messier announced on Thursday that he will be running in the next New York City marathon on Nov. 6. He's doing it to benefit two charities, the New York Police & Fire Widows' and Children's Benefit Fund as well as the Tomorrows Children's Fund. Messier says he has no goals -- that's a first! -- and would just like to finish. (NHL.com)

WE DON'T NEED NO STINKIN' DIVISIONS: This might be the most interesting realignment prosposal I have seen to date. This idea calls for the banishment of divisions from hockey, that way you don't have teams being forced to play so ofen in other time zones, a la Dallas, Detroit and Nashville. (Hockey News)

MINI PAVEL: The Red Wings had a classic giveaway for Thursday night's game against the Canucks, handing out Pavel Datsyuk bobbleheads. "Awesome," Datsyuk said about his appearance. "Lots of tan. Looks like me in summertime." Nice keepsake for Red Wings fans. (Detroit Free Press)

HOMETOWN HERO: While Jaromir Jagr didn't return to his original team in Kladno, Czech Republic to play this summer, he is making a very big impression on his old club. To help save the struggling team, Jagr purchased a 70 percent ownership stake in the team, leaving the locals a happy group. (J.J.'s Knights)

TORONTO TROUBLE: Cody Franson was openly sharing his frustration last week that he is the seventh defenseman for the Maple Leafs after they acquired him from Nashville in the offseason. Coach Ron Wilson's response? “He plays the next game and the rest is up to him,” Wilson said of Franson’s status with the team. “He put a lot of pressure on himself talking this week. Now he’s got to perform.” (Globe and Mail)

TOUGH SPOT: The St. Louis Cardinals are currently doing battle with the Milwaukee Brewers in the NLCS, leaving Blues tough guy Barret Jackman in a tough spot. He played a little with Brewers outfielder Nyjer Morgan when Morgan was still giving hockey a shot. "He was one of those guys you loved to hate because he had so much energy," (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

OVER THE HILL: Chicago Blackhawks veteran Sean O'Donnell just turned 40 on Thursday and for a short while was on the roster the same time as 18-year-old Brandon Saad. Here's a look at the differences in generations from each of their favorite TV shows to hockey heroes. (ESPN Chicago)

NEW TRADITION: The Islanders are putting a new twist on an old hockey tradition. The idea launched by captain Mark Streit, the Isles are now lining up to create a human tunnel for the announcement of the Three Stars of the game. Here's the rendition after Thursday's rout of the Lightning, including a John Tavares imposter.

Photo: Detroit Red Wings Twitpic

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Posted on: August 15, 2011 10:10 am
Edited on: August 15, 2011 10:24 am
 

Daily Skate: 2012 free agents; bald man's hero

By Brian Stubits

FREE AGENT OUTLOOK: This year's free-agent class hasn't even taken to the ice, but Kevin Allen at USA Todayis already taking a look to next year's class. This summer, the Devils' Zach Parise was one of the higher-rated restricted free agents to be had, and next year he'll go through the process again after getting a one-year contract in New Jersey, but this time he'll be unrestricted. On Allen's list for next year, he sits second among the available, behind Predators defenseman Ryan Suter ... the other big-time blue-liner in Nashville.

BALD IS BEAUTIFUL: Mark Messier is a hero, according to Bald Celebrity (hat tip to Puck Daddy). That's the site that dubbed the former Oilers and Rangers star a bald hockey hero, eloquently writing this: "It takes a real man to handle the pressure of leading a New York sports franchise; a real bald man. It takes an even manlier, and an even balder man though, to have led the 1994 New York Rangers NHL Team to a Stanley Cup Championship. Does this epically manly and epically bald man exist? Yes, yes he does; and his name is Mark Messier."

CAPITAL WEDDING: There is always one piece of advice I give to guys who are engaged, and it's not run away or anything like that. Instead I say tell the wife-to-be that you want a wedding theme based on your favorite sports team, or Star Wars. Stick to your guns and you get out of the planning process. But that wouldn't work for this guy as he and his wife went all out with a full-on Capitals theme at their wedding, even having festivities at the team's practice facility and getting the Caps P.A. announcer to introduce them. Pretty impressive.

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