January 03, 2011
Shoebox Memories: Mark Messier
I was recently talking with a former employee of the Edmonton Oilers during this time period. He told me that off the ice Messier was a holy terror, constantly getting himself into mischief in search of the good life.
"Glen Sather spent a lot of time getting Mess out of scrapes, and making sure the media never found about it," he told me. He never gave any examples of trouble Messier would find himself in.
Of course Messier went on to become one of the game's all time greats. But it may have been with some luck that Messier (and so many young players then and now) did not end up a wreck like a Don Murdoch or a Bob Probert.
Here is the back of the card: