This black Louisville TPS graphite hockey stick was game used by Hall of Famer Mark Messier while playing for the New York Rangers. It was with the 48th overall selection in the 1979 NHL Entry Draft that the Edmonton Oilers struck gold by drafting one of the greatest leaders in sports history. After a disappointing year in the WHA that saw Messier score only 1 goal and 11 points in 52 games he joined the Edmonton Oilers and began what would be one of the all-time great NHL careers. Mark spent a quarter-century, 25-years exactly playing in the NHL, wow! His NHL accomplishments are legendary and lengthy. The highlights include 694 goals, good for 7th all-time; 1193 assists, 3rd all-time; 1887 points, 2nd all-time and 1756 games played, 2nd all-time. His playoff totals are just as impressive with 109 goals, 2nd all-time; 186 assists, 2nd all-time and 295 points, 2nd all-time.
Messier played in 7 Stanley Cup Finals and walked away victorious 6 times. It was during his 12-years in Edmonton that Messier won his first 5 Stanley Cup titles. After the Oilers dynasty was dismantled Messier found himself in the Big Apple where he played for 10 of the next 13 seasons. It was in New York that Messier engineered one of the greatest assaults at the Stanley Cup that the hockey world had ever seen, helping to break a 54-year hex and leading the Rangers to Stanley Cup glory. In between his days on Broadway, Messier headed northwest and spent 3 seasons energizing the passionate Vancouver Canucks fans. Messier is the only professional athlete to have ever Captained two different championship teams.
The highlights of Messier’s impressive mantel are 2 Hart Trophies as NHL MVP, 2 Lester B. Pearson Trophies as the NHL’s outstanding player as selected by the NHLPA and a Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP that he captured in leading the Oilers to their first ever Stanley Cup title, a win that jump started a dynasty. Messier was 5-times a 1st or 2nd Team NHL All Star and played in 15 NHL All Star games. On the international stage “The Moose” represented team Canada in 3 Canada Cups and the World Cup of Hockey. He also represented Team NHL in Rendezvous ’87.
This black Louisville stick has the player name "Messier" on the side of the blade. It is fully taped on the butt and blade.