Comeback Season: Sports after 9/11
On July 24, 2018, the National 9/11 Memorial and Museum in New York City premiered a new exhibit entitled “Comeback Season: Sports after 9/11.” The installation details the ways in which the New York sports scene returned to action following the devastating attacks of September 11th. Included are displays devoted to iconic moments like the Mets’ Mike Piazza’s two-run homer during the first game in NYC following the attacks, President George W. Bush’s ceremonial World Series first pitch at Yankee Stadium, and the incredible opening night of the 2001-02 New York Rangers season when members of the New York Police and Fire Department hockey teams participated in the pre-game ceremonies. During those solemn ceremonies Rangers Captain Mark Messier was unexpectedly presented with the helmet of one the fallen, NYFD Deputy Chief Ray Downey, and the Captain paid respect to Chief Downey and all first-responders in a deeply moving way. This video tells that story.
For more information on the 9/11 Memorial and Museum, click here.
Deryk Engelland of the Vegas Golden Knights Wins 2018 Mark Messier Leadership Award
On June 20th at the NHL Awards Gala in Las Vegas, Nevada, Golden Knights winger Deryk Engelland was the proud recipient of the 2018 Mark Messier Leadership Award that is given annually to the NHL player who exemplifies outstanding leadership on and off the ice combined with extraordinary community service. Engelland, who makes his home in Las Vegas, served as a beacon of inspiration for his city throughout the year. The three finalists were Engelland, Wayne Simmonds of the Philadelphia Flyers, and Blake Wheeler of the Winnipeg Jets. Read more about it and watch the presentation here and here.
Mark Messier Invested in the Order of Canada
On May 10, 2018, Mark Messier received one of Canada’s greatest honors as he was invested in the Order of Canada by the Governor General of Canada, Julie Payette at a ceremony at Rideau Hall in Ottawa, Canada. The award recognizes outstanding achievement, dedication to the community, and service to the nation of Canada. Read more about this great honor on Sportsnet and the CBC:
The National September 11th Memorial and Museum Opens New Exhibition on Sports in the Aftermath of the Attacks
The National September 11th Memorial and Museum in New York City recently opened an exhibit that focuses on the way sports helped New York and America heal after the September 11 attacks. Included are memorabilia from one of the most memorable games played during that time, the opening home game of the New York Rangers season on October 7, 2001. That night, Rangers Captain Mark Messier played a prominent role. Read more here.
Mark Messier Leadership Award Finalists Announced
On April 24th, three NHL players who unselfishly serve their teams and their communities with pride and passion were named as finalists for the prestigious Mark Messier Leadership Award. Deryk Engelland of the Vegas Golden Knights, Wayne Simmonds of the Philadelphia Flyers, and Blake Wheeler of the Winnipeg Jets are this year’s finalists. The 2018 Mark Messier Messier Leadership Award winner will be named on June 20th at the NHL Awards event. Read more about the finalists here.
From Inline to Olympic Ice
The Mark Messier Foundation supports Inline-2-Ice (i2i), an academic and physical education program that teaches children how to inline skate as it introduces them to the ice sports of figure skating, speed skating, hockey, and curling. Who knows? One day a future Olympian may come from the ranks of i2i. Someone like Erin Jackson, from Ocala, Florida, who recently became the first African-American woman to compete in long track speed skating at the Olympics. The 25 year-old Jackson had been inline skating for fifteen years and is one of America’s fastest inline skaters, but she only transitioned to ice and speed skating in 2017. Jackson shocked the world by winning a place on the USA Olympic Team at the Trials held in Milwaukee on January 5th. Here’s more on the amazing story that brought her to PyeongChang so suddenly, from the Washington Post, Rolling Stone and Outside.
1984-85 Edmonton Oilers Honored as the NHL’s Team of the Century
As part of the NHL’s recent 100th anniversary, fans were asked to vote on the greatest team of the past century. Their choice was the Stanley Cup winning 1984-85 Edmonton Oilers, a powerhouse squad led by Wayne Gretzky, Paul Coffey, and, of course, Mark Messier. The 1984-85 Oilers, in the midst of a dynastic run of five Stanley Cups in seven years, were a dynamic combination of speed, talent, and power the likes of which the NHL had never seen. On February 11, 2018, the Oilers threw a big party at Rogers Arena in tribute to that team. Click here for the story.
An encounter with Mark Messier that NHL linesman Vaughan Rody never forgot
In early December, linesman Vaughan Rody was honored for working his 1,000th NHL game. In recounting some of his favorite career moments, Rody told a story about officiating just his second game and getting a surprising welcome from veteran Mark Messier, one of his boyhood idols. Click here to read the story from the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.
Mark Messier Interviewed on WFAN
On November 29th, 2017 legendary sports-radio host Mike Francesa interviewed Mark Messier on WFAN radio in New York. Francesa, who retired on December 15th, revisited some of the most memorable moments and personalities from his 30-year career. In the interview, Francesa notes that Mark Messier and the New York Rangers might have provided the greatest moment of them all when they won the NHL’s Stanley Cup championship in 1994. Click here to listen.
Corporation for Public Broadcasting tweets Mark Messier quote on Mentoring
On October 14, 2017, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (@CPBmedia) sent out this tweet in support of American Graduate Day 2017, quoting Mark Messier from his 2016 American Graduate Day testimonial on the importance of Mentoring. The Mark Messier Foundation is proud to be associated with Public Broadcasting’s American Graduate Day. To see the testimonial, scroll below.
— CPB (@CPBmedia) October 14, 2017
2nd Annual Mark Messier Foundation Golf Outing
On Monday, September 25th seventy-two hale and hearty patrons gathered at beautiful Anglebrook Golf Club in Lincolndale, NY for the 2ndannual Mark Messier Foundation Golf Tournament. From the practice range to the first tee all the way through to the nineteenth hole, the sun shined and the golf shots got better and better – at least in memory. More than $100,000 was raised to support the Foundation and its programming. Following the day on the course, the golfers were treated to a buffet lunch, an auction of highly sought-after items, and a moving presentation by the Inline-2-Ice instructor team. It was a great day of fun, fellowship, and philanthropy.
October 4: Today in NHL History
26 years ago, on October 4, 1991, Mark Messier was traded to the New York Rangers. It was the beginning of a new chapter in NHL history. Click here for the whole story.
Mark Messier Working to Reduce Brain Injuries in Athletes
Mark Messier advocates for Mentoring and Inline-2-Ice on Public Broadcasting’s American Graduate Day
On September 17, 2016 Mark Messier appeared on the national broadcast of American Graduate Day, a program created by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and WNET in support of educational opportunity. Mark spoke about the importance of Mentoring in his own life, giving back, and his support for Inline-2-Ice.