Mark Messier is a former professional hockey player and currently the CEO of the Kingsbridge National Ice Center. Mark is a six time Stanley Cup winner and was the Captain of the 1994 New York Rangers in their first Stanley Cup win in 54 years. He is a 16 time NHL All-Star and is the only professional athlete to captain two different franchises to Championships. Mark is the third all-time leading scorer in NHL history, behind on Jaromir Jagr and Wayne Gretzky. He is also second in all-time games played to Gordie Howe. He is widely considered to be one of the greatest players of all-time, and in 2007 was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame, in his first year of eligibility.
Mark was most recently the Special Assistant to the President of the New York Rangers Hockey Club. In that role, Messier assisted President and General Manager Glen Sather in various on and off-ice activities. In addition to his duties with the Rangers, Messier was named General Manager of Team Canada in December 2009 for the 2010 World Championships in Germany. In October 2010, he was named head coach of Team Canada for both the 2010 Deutschland Cup and 2010 Spengler Cup competitions, and led his team to a second place finish in the Spengler Cup.
Kingsbridge National Ice Center upon its completion will be the world's largest indoor ice complex, featuring nine ice sheets, a 5,000-seat arena and facilities for ice hockey, figure skating, curling and other ice sports.
This past year, the Mark Messier Foundation was established with a mission to help young children become better citizens by providing opportunities to participate in sporting activities and living a healthier lifestyle. He is also a member of the board of the New York Police & Fire Widows’ & Children’s Benefit Fund, and is an active supporter of the Tomorrow’s Children’s Fund, an organization with which he opened the Mark Messier Skyway for Tomorrow’s Children at the Hackensack University Medical Center in NJ.
Mark lives in Connecticut with his wife and two young children.
(NHL's 100th Anniversary & Stanley Cup's 125th Anniversary)
Six time Stanley Cup Champion, five in Edmonton and one in New York. Two league MVPs and one play off MVP. Twice named by the players as their MVP. The only player to captain two different professional teams to championship. As a tribute to one of the finest leaders in NHL history, the National Hockey League awards the Mark Messier NHL Leadership Award to the player who exemplifies great leadership qualities to his team, on and off the ice during the regular season. Messier an iconic Canadian, one of the best all-time leaders in any professional sport, a good team builder, and a successful businessman will share leadership lessons which has inspired top of the game excellence. Commemorating the National Hockey League’s 100th Anniversary, the Stanley Cup’s 125th Anniversary, and Canada’s 150th Anniversary, Messier will also share in stories of what it means to be Canadian and be a great difference maker in Canada’s national game.