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Watch Pre-Messier Night News Conference Live

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers

The New York Rangers are hosting a news conference with Mark Messier this afternoon at 4 p.m. ET in the lobby of The Theater at Madison Square Garden.

On Thursday night, the Rangers will honor Messier by sending his No. 11 to the rafters of Madison Square Garden. Today's press conference looks ahead to that event with speakers that include Messier, Madison Square Garden Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Cablevision Systems Corporation James L. Dolan, National Hockey League Commissioner Gary Bettman, Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather and Edmonton Oilers General Manager and former teammate Kevin Lowe.

During a ceremony beginning at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Messier will join Rod Gilbert (7), Eddie Giacomin (1) and Messier's former teammate, Mike Richter (35), as the only Rangers players to have their jersey numbers retired when the Rangers host "A Celebration of the Captain", prior to the Rangers - Edmonton Oilers game at Madison Square Garden.

Today's entire press conference, as well as the banner raising ceremony and Rangers Oilers contest, will be aired live on MSG Network, beginning at 4 p.m. You can also watch the conference online:
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