Mark Messier’s connection to Madison Square Garden began in 1991, the first night he skated onto the ice with the C on his New York Rangers sweater.
Watch the Rangers celebrate Mark Messier before their win over the Oilers.
After 10 seasons and one Stanley Cup championship that erased a half-century of despair, he went from being a captain to THE captain.
Messier’s No. 11 was raised to the Garden rafters Thursday night, joining those of former teammate Mike Richter, and earlier stars Eddie Giacomin and Rod Gilbert, who found their way to the Hockey Hall of Fame but never to Broadway’s Canyon of Heroes.
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