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BLOG: Messier inducted to Canada's Walk of Fame

The former Oilers captain won five Stanley Cups with the club and amassed 1,887 points in 1,756 career NHL games over a 25-year career with the Oilers, Rangers, and Canucks

by Jamie Umbach /

EDMONTON, AB - Oilers alumni Mark Messier will have his name immortalized on Canada's Walk of Fame with his own star later this year after being announced as a 2019 inductee on Friday.

The former Oilers captain joins esteemed company alongside six-time Olympic long track speed skating medallist Cindy Klassen as an inductee in the Sports and Athletics category, along with physical educator and innovator Dr. James Naismith who invented the sport of basketball in the Science, Technology and Innovation category.

Tweet from @CWOFame: Announced! Congratulations to our 2019 Canada's Walk of Fame Inductees @TriumphTheBand, @arnettwill, @JTreliving, #MrDressup, #DrJamesNaismith, #FrankGehry, @cindy_klassen and @markmessier! Today, tomorrow and well into the future, #CanadaThrives because of its people.

Messier was an assistant captain with the Oilers from 1984-88 before donning the captaincy for three seasons from 1988-91. An Oiler for a total of 12 seasons, the Edmonton-born centre amassed six Stanley Cups - five with the Oilers - and 694 goals and 1,193 assists for 1,887 points in 1,756 career NHL games over a 25-year career with the Oilers, New York Rangers, and Vancouver Canucks.

In addition, Messier is a two-time Hart Memorial Trophy winner and Conn Smythe Trophy winner, already being inducted as a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame (2007) and Order of Canada (2017).

The inductions will be celebrated later this year at Canada's Walk of Fame Awards Show at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre on November 29.

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