January 12, 2006

Mess goes to the rafters...: Former New York Rangers captain Mark Messier's number 11 will be retired tonight at Madison Square Garden. His magnificent career includes six Stanley Cups to go with his two Hart Memorial Trophies, two Lester B. Pearson Trophies, and one Conn Smythe Trophy, not to mention the undying gratitude of Rangers fans everywhere.

posted by The_Black_Hand to hockey at 02:21 PM - 21 comments

If they don't give him at least a half-hour standing ovation, the entire crowd should be kicked out.

posted by The_Black_Hand at 02:22 PM on January 12

It's a good thing they're doing it now, because with the unbalanced schedule, Edmonton won't be in town for another six years or so.

posted by DrJohnEvans at 02:54 PM on January 12

/stands /claps

posted by grum@work at 03:11 PM on January 12

If they don't give him at least a half-hour standing ovation... Oh, they will. And I believe at least one Spofite will be there.

posted by chicobangs at 03:14 PM on January 12

And I believe at least one Spofite will be there. ooo, that lucky bastard.

posted by goddam at 03:28 PM on January 12

Lucky bastard indeed. I'm jealous. But I'll be clapping in front of my TV at home.

posted by 86 at 03:42 PM on January 12

/stands /claps /joins

posted by qbert72 at 03:42 PM on January 12

I just got goosebumps from this picture. That's out of control. Bless this Mess!

posted by blarp at 03:49 PM on January 12

Let's not forget another of his accomplishments, Madonna. Lots of fellow NHL'ers, and myself, were especially envious of that one back in the day.

posted by Termite at 04:01 PM on January 12

Being from Kansas City and not having a home team to root for, I'm not really a hocky guy. That said, I got goosebumps from the photo too. Class Act.

posted by hawkguy at 04:11 PM on January 12

Madonna? Well, that puts him on a long and not very distinguished list.

posted by chicobangs at 04:13 PM on January 12

I thought that was the second time today I'd seen that on MadonnaFilter.

posted by The_Black_Hand at 04:52 PM on January 12

geez, i'm already starting to tear up and they're only showing old clips right now.

posted by goddam at 05:53 PM on January 12

Mark Messier was amazing. Simply amazing.

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 06:27 PM on January 12

great ceremony tonight

posted by nyfan at 11:35 PM on January 12

Thanks, Mess. The man is greatly appreciated by NY. I myself cheered the TV tonight.

posted by Sporty at 12:00 AM on January 13

To Mess, much love and respect. What was that white statue they gave to him? Richter's speech was awesome.

posted by garfield at 08:18 AM on January 13

It was amazing to be there and made me proud to be a Rangers fan, but I have to say that when they started showing footage of Mess standing in front of Ground Zero, I couldn't resist saying to my friend, "Yeah, and he could've stopped al Qaeda, you know." Yes, Mark Messier can walk on water, but only when it's frozen. Still, a great tribute to a great captain, and, I'm willing to believe, a very good man. I will never tire of seeing the Cup-winning moment. Still gives me goose bumps. The white statue was some sort of Golden Eagle thing. They explained it, but I was already on my third or fourth $7.50 beer.

posted by ajaffe at 11:39 PM on January 13

the statue is going into the mark messier skyway for tomorrows children at the hackensack university medical center. the messitini sounds pretty good.

posted by goddam at 12:01 AM on January 14

The bloody mary for me, please. Where's that from?

posted by ajaffe at 08:57 AM on January 14

it was one of the pictures in the second link (at the bottom).

posted by goddam at 12:58 PM on January 14

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