For the past 9 days, we have been posting the Top 10 list of your favorite Ranger players of all time. Today, we have finally reached number 1. The man that holds the spot is Mark Messier. Who was probably the greatest captain in all of sports. He wore #11 and is most known for leading the Rangers to the Stanley Cup in 1994, ending their 54 year drought.
Messier is considered one of the greatest players of all time without an Olympic medal. He is second on the all time list for regular season points (1887), playoff points (295) and regular season games played (1756). He won six championships, five with the Edmonton Oilers and one of course with the Rangers. He remains the only player to captain two different teams to Lord Stanley’s Hardware. His leadership in 1994 earned him the nickname “The Messiah.” Also, over the course of his career he was known as “The Moose” for his aggression and strength. In 2007, he was inducted into the Hockey Hall Of Fame, which was his first year of eligibility.
Messier was drafted in the 3rd round of the 1979 NHL Entry Draft by the Oilers.
Here are just some of his career achievements:
- 1983–84 - Stanley Cup champion – Edmonton Oilers
- 1984–85 - Stanley Cup champion – Edmonton Oilers
- 1986–87 - Stanley Cup champion – Edmonton Oilers
- 1987–88 - Stanley Cup champion – Edmonton Oilers
- 1989–90 – Stanley Cup champion – Edmonton Oilers
- 1993–94 – Stanley Cup champion – New York Rangers
- 1983, 1984, 1985, 1987, 1988, 1990 - Clarence Campbell Bowl - Campbell Conference Playoff with Edmonton Oilers
- 1986, 1987 - Presidents’ Trophy with Edmonton Oilers, 1992, 1994 with New York Rangers as regular season champions
- 1994 - Prince of Wales Trophy - Wales Conference playoff Champions with New York Rangers
- 1989–90 – Hart Memorial Trophy Winner
- 1991–92 – Hart Memorial Trophy Winner
- 1983–84 – Conn Smythe Trophy Winner
- 1989–90 – Lester B. Pearson Award Winner
- 1991–92 – Lester B. Pearson Award Winner
- 1981–82 – First Team All-Star Left Wing
- 1982–83 – First team All-Star Left Wing
- 1989–90 – First Team All-Star Centre
- 1991–92 – First Team All-Star Centre
- 1983–84 – Second Team All-Star Left Wing