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Rangers trade for Dunham

NEW YORK, Dec. 12 (UPI) -- The New York Rangers announced Thursday night that goaltender Mike Richter will miss the rest of the season and promptly replaced him by trading for Nashville's

Chicago 4, NY Rangers 3

NEW YORK, Dec. 11 (UPI) -- Theo Fleury scored in his return to Madison Square Garden and Eric Daze recorded a hat trick as the Chicago Blackhawks held off the New York Rangers Wednesday n

Patrick Award recipients named

NEW YORK, Dec. 5 (UPI) -- Willie O'Ree, who broke the NHL's color barrier more than 40 years ago, was named Thursday as one of three recipients of the 2003 Lester Patrick Award.

New Jersey 4, NY Rangers 4 (OT)

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J., Nov. 21 (UPI) -- Mark Messier scored with 3:35 left in regulation Thursday night as the New York Rangers rallied for a 4-4 tie with the New Jersey Devils in the first meeting of

NY Rangers 3, Anaheim 2 (OT)

NEW YORK, Nov. 19 (UPI) -- Pavel Bure picked a good time to snap out of his funk Tuesday night, scoring 57 seconds into overtime to give the New York Rangers a 3-2 triumph over the Mighty

NY Rangers 1, Calgary 0 (OT)

NEW YORK, Nov. 7 (UPI) -- Defenseman Brian Leetch scored 51 seconds into overtime and Daniel Blackburn made 26 saves for his first NHL shutout Thursday night as the New York Rangers cool

NY Rangers 5, Edmonton 2

NEW YORK, Nov. 5 (UPI) -- The New York Rangers reached Tommy Salo for five goals on just 15 shots over the first two periods and snapped a three-game losing streak Tuesday night with a 5

St. Louis 3, NY Rangers 2

NEW YORK, Nov. 3 (UPI) -- The St. Louis Blues got some help in extending their winning streak to eight games Sunday as Scott Mellanby snapped a tie with a power-play goal 6:03 into the t

Boston 3, NY Rangers 2

BOSTON, Nov. 2 (UPI) -- Bryan Berard beat his former team with 39 seconds left Saturday night as the Boston Bruins erased a two-goal deficit in the third period and defeated the New Yo

Philadelphia 6, NY Islanders 2

UNIONDALE, N.Y., Oct. 26 (UPI) -- Justin Williams scored 16 seconds into the contest and Michal Handzus netted the first of his two goals 15 seconds later Saturday night to lead the Philadelphia

NY Rangers 4, Carolina 1

RALEIGH, N.C., Oct. 9 (UPI) -- Mark Messier tallied twice in the opening game of his 24th NHL season Wednesday night and Petr Nedved also scored a pair of goals as the New York Rangers coaste

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Messier signs with Rangers

NEW YORK, Sept. 11 (UPI) -- On the eve of training camp, the New York Rangers agreed to terms Wednesday with 41-year-old captain Mark Messier, who is embarking on his 24th NHL season.

Canadiens sign Doug Gilmour

MONTREAL, Aug. 9 (UPI) -- Doug Gilmour signed a one-year contract Friday with the Montreal Canadiens, who also hold an option for the 2003-04 campaign.
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Mark Messier
New York Rangers longtime captain Mark Messier and family watch as they hoist his No. 11 to the MSG rafters at Madison Square Garden in New York City on January 12, 2006. Mark Messier becomes the 4th player to have his number retired by the Rangers organization. (UPI Photo/John Angelillo) .

Mark Douglas Messier (pronounced /ˈmɛsi.eɪ/; born January 18, 1961) is a former Canadian professional ice hockey centre of the National Hockey League and current special assistant to the president and general manager of the New York Rangers. He spent a quarter of a century in the NHL (1979–2004) with the Edmonton Oilers, New York Rangers, and Vancouver Canucks. He also played professionally with the World Hockey Association (WHA)'s Indianapolis Racers and Cincinnati Stingers. He was the last former WHA player to be active in professional hockey, and the last active player who had played in the NHL in the 1970s.

Messier is considered one of the greatest NHL players of all time, as well as among the greatest leaders in sport history. He is second on the all-time career lists for regular season points (1887), playoff points (295) and regular season games played (1756). He won six Stanley Cups, five with the Oilers and one with the Rangers, and is the only NHL player to captain two different teams to championships. Due to his size and strength, he was nicknamed "The Moose". In 2007, he was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame, in his first year of eligibility. Although a magnificent player, he was also feared by his opponents as he was sometimes known to be aggressive during games.

Mark Messier played Tier II in the Alberta Junior Hockey League with the St. Albert Saints. In 54 games, Messier had 74 points and 194 penalty minutes. Messier also played a few games with the Portland Winter Hawks. Mark’s father Doug once played junior hockey with Pat Stapleton, the coach of the Indianapolis Racers. Doug called him and got Messier a contract to play hockey in Indianapolis for $30,000. Messier signed the 5-game tryout contract at the age of 17. He failed to register a point and was released just before the Racers folded.

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