It’s kind of strange to be old enough to have seen a personal favorite climb from unknown to regular to impact player to all-time great to icon, but in the case of Mark Messier we’ve seen it happen before our eyes.
Just as there are stories told about the great DiMaggio, Maurice Richard and Joseph Barrow that seem larger than life, Mark Messier’s legend includes amazing feats of strength and skill.
Unlike the three above, there is video evidence of Mark Messier’s greatness. His Orr-like move in the Islanders series (and then the bullet) was a huge moment for a young team (almost as important as Fuhr’s historic shutout), and his performance in that Chicago game in spring 1990 remains the most Richard-like moment I personally have ever seen.
The HHOF rewarded Mark Messier for his career performance this week, sending him into the Hall of Fame without need for a slide or a throw.
Mark Messier is one of those rare players whose impact goes beyond the statistics and reaches to the very heights of the game’s history.
Hall of Fame. Inner circle. A goal, an assist, a fight and a high stick. Filthy.