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by Paul on 09/12/05 at 01:30 PM ET
The 2005-06 NHL season will begin without the league's second-leading scorer of all time, as Mark Messier has officially announced his retirement from the game. The Rangers announced that the team will retire his jersey on Jan. 12 in a game against the Edmonton Oilers. Messier, who turns 45 in January, has been decorated with endless awards, trophies and international accolades during his NHL career with the Edmonton Oilers, New York Rangers and Vancouver Canucks.more update 3:00pm, Stan Fischler pays tribute to "Moose",
Where does Mark Messier stand in the pantheon of hockey players? I have always considered Gordie Howe the greatest all-around player of all-time; Wayne Gretzky included. Messier is the latter-day Howe.
Messier in 1978
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