NHL: Messier back to Rangers as Assistant GM

Messier guided the Rangers to their first Stanley Cup in 54 years.  Courtesy of: nydailynews.com

Messier guided the Rangers to their first Stanley Cup in 54 years. Courtesy of: nydailynews.com

By Craig Filazzola, WSOE Sports Director

The 1994 Stanley Cup hero for the Rangers returns to the team as the special assistant to general manager Glen Saither.  Mark Messier could be in line to replace Saither as GM in the near future, the man who brought Messier to New York. 

In October of 1991, the Rangers traded Bernie Nicholls, Steven Rice and Louie DeBrusk to the Edmonton Oilers for Mark Messier.  It’s safe to say that Saither got the better end of that deal. 

Messier displayed great leadership as the captain of the Rangers, sending them to the playoffs five times.  Then he signed with the Vancouver Canucks in the 1997 offseason.  After spending three years there, he began his second stint with the Rangers, which lasted for four seasons.  Messier’s last game was on March 31, 2004, but he didn’t officially retired until September 12, 2005.

During his 25-year career in the NHL, Messier won six Stanley Cups, five with the Oilers.

Contact Information:
Craig Filazzola
WSOE Sports Director
cfilazzola@elon.edu

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