The Edmonton Oilers announced today that Mark Messiers #11 will be raised to the rafters of Rexall Place on Tuesday, February 27th, joining the retired numbers of teammates Wayne Gretzky, Jari Kurri, Grant Fuhr, Paul Coffey and Al Hamilton. This signature Oilers event, which is presented by Rexall in association with Cold-FX, will celebrate Messiers stellar NHL career on a night when another Oilers legend, Wayne Gretzky, brings his Phoenix Coyotes to town.
Mark Messier wrapped up a spectacular 25-season NHL career with 6 Stanley Cups, 1 Conn Smythe Trophy, 2 Hart Trophys, 2 Lester B. Pearson Awards, and a lengthy list of hockey achievements. Messier ranks second on the NHLs all-time scoring list with 1,887 points, seventh in goals with 694, third in assists with 1,193, and second in games played with 1,756.
As an Edmonton Oiler, Messier is the fourth highest career scorer for the team, amassing 392 goals and 642 assists for 1,034 points in 851 games played. He was selected 48th overall in the third round of the 1979 NHL entry draft by the Edmonton Oilers, and was a major contributor in all five of the Oilers Stanley Cup Championships in 1984, 1985, 1987, 1988 and 1990.
"Im honored that the Oilers will be raising my number to the rafters of Rexall Place, alongside some of my best friends and teammates," said Mark Messier. "I have so many good memories of my time in Edmonton, and was part of an incredible hockey dynasty. I look forward to coming home and sharing this great experience with my family, friends, and the fans."
"I have believed for some time now that the Oilers had a group of outstanding players during what was a very unique period in the history of the NHL. But there were two players who had a reverberating impact, which is still felt today," said Kevin Lowe, General Manager of the Edmonton Oilers. "Wayne Gretzky for his unbelievable artistry and significant game changing style, and Mark Messier who epitomized the words fierce, leadership, and competitor every single day, and especially when he stepped on the ice. I continue to believe two things about Mark Messier - and we went through a great deal together, arriving in Edmonton as boys and remaining friends all these years later. His impact lingers every day in the Oilers dressing room. The spirit of Mark is etched there forever. That same impact is also prevalent in the NHL. The spirit of what Mark Messier brought to the game, stays in the game."
"Rexall and the Rexall family of pharmacies are tremendously honored to sponsor this historic event for a true hockey legend," said Daryl Katz, Chairman, Katz Group/Rexall. "At the Rexall family of pharmacies we pride ourselves in supporting our local communities, and it is particularly exciting to do so in our home town for an Edmonton hero such as Mark Messier."
It is also of significance today to note that two Edmonton based companies who have grown to become large North American brands have pledged to partner with the Oilers and Mark Messier to enable this event to be presented on an even larger scale than ever before. Long-time Edmonton Oilers supporter and community leaders, Katz Group's Rexall family of pharmacies - Rexall, Pharma Plus, Medicine Shoppe, Guardian, and I.D.A., as well as CV Technologies Cold-FX will provide sponsorship of this exclusive Oilers event. Details on additional events will be announced in the coming weeks.