Well, let's make that Binghamton Whalers Wednesday today.
This is Paul Messier. Despite 13 professional seasons of hockey in North America and Europe, Paul's claim to fame is simple. He's Mark Messier's older brother. (Mitch, Joby and Eric Messier are not related to Mark and Paul).
You can see the familiar Messier stare in this photo to the right. By the way, I love those Binghamton Whalers jerseys. They were of course the farm team of the Hartford Whalers at the time. By simply flipping the Whalers' iconic "HW" logo, they ended up with a "B" logo. Great stuff!
Paul, who was actually born in Nottingham, England in 1958, played for the University of Denver from 1976 through 1978. The NHL's Colorado Rockies wanted to capitalize on the rare opportunity to draft a prospect with ties to the Denver area. The Rockies drafted Paul 41st overall in 1978. By comparison Mark, who was drafted the following year by Edmonton, was chosen 48th overall.
Here's the full story on Paul Messier