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Messier returns to Rangers as assistant to GM

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NEW YORK (AP) -The Captain is back with the New York Rangers.

Mark Messier, who in 1994 led the Rangers to their first Stanley Cup title in 54 years, is returning to the club as a special assistant to general manager Glen Sather, the club said Sunday. Messier, a six-time Cup champion as a player, has not been shy in recent years about his desire to eventually run a team as GM.

This could be the first step in the process that might lead Messier replacing Sather when the current GM's tenure with the Rangers is over.

In a statement, Sather called Messier one of the greatest players in the NHL and is "looking forward to him joining the organization and learning a whole new part of the hockey business."

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