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Mark Messier Fourth on NHL's All-Time Assist List

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers

Mark Messier tacked on another milestone to his stellar career on Saturday in Florida with an assist on Radek Dvorak's third period goal. The assist, the 1136th of his NHL career, moved him past former teammate Paul Coffey into sole possession of fourth place on the NHL's all-time assist list.

Messier currently sits as the third leading scorer in NHL history and trails only former Ranger Wayne Gretzky and Gordie Howe on the all-time scoring list. The captain also stands in the top six of each of the major scoring categories in NHL history. In 1574 career NHL matches, #11 has tallied 653 goals and 1136 assists for 1789 points.

Who has been the biggest beneficiary of Messier passes throughout his career? The distinction goes to former Oiler and Blueshirt teammate Glenn Anderson, who tallied 167 goals off of Messier assists. In total, 135 different players have been on the receiving end of a Messier helper.

NHL ALL-TIME ASSIST LIST(as of November 4, 2001):
1. Wayne Gretzky - 1963
2. Ray Bourque - 1169
*3. Ron Francis - 1151
*4. Mark Messier - 1136
5. Paul Coffey - 1135

* Active player
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