Messierby Jeff Z. Klein
The most detailed examination ever published about this hockey icon, Messier presents the true story behind all the myths, awards and accolades that even now continue to surround one of the greatest living legends in team sports. Known as "the Messiah" to New York Rangers fans for bringing the 1994 Stanley Cup back to the Big Apple for the first time in 54/i>
The most detailed examination ever published about this hockey icon, Messier presents the true story behind all the myths, awards and accolades that even now continue to surround one of the greatest living legends in team sports. Known as "the Messiah" to New York Rangers fans for bringing the 1994 Stanley Cup back to the Big Apple for the first time in 54 years, "Moose" to Edmonton Oilers fans for using his skates, stick, and fists to clinch five Stanley Cups, and a national hero for helping his Team Canada win three world titles, Mark Messier is one of hockey's most recognizable and decorated stars. For the first time ever, the man behind the laundry list of awards and statistics is revealed in all his complexity. Messier shows the side of the player few get a chance to see—a student of philosophy, an unadvertised community volunteer, and a man who takes every chance to hit the beaches with his family whenever he can. The biography also reveals the hell-raising party animal renowned for his late-night antics, the beautiful supermodels he has dated, and the wild urban legends that have arisen around rumors of his private life.
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New York Times editor and hockey expert Jeff Z. Klein looks at the career of one of hockey’s most commanding and intriguing personalities.
We all know the larger-than-life Messier, the steely-eyed gladiator surrounded by an aura of near-magical charisma and menace, the Bad Cop to Gretzky’s Good Cop in Edmonton, the captain who promised -- and delivered -- a game 6 victory over the New Jersey Devils in the ’94 Eastern Conference finals, the centre of the “My Canada includes Messier” controversy before the ’98 Olympics. He has the third-highest points total in NHL history and the highest points and goals totals among current players.
But Jeff Z. Klein takes us beyond the headlines and the statistics. We meet a Messier who is not only a leader and a warrior, but a contemplative student of philosophy, a generous contributor to children’s hospitals, and a man who has a complex emotional life.
Drawing on his incisive understanding of the game of hockey, his contacts within the NHL, and his familiarity with the New York Rangers, Klein gives us an intimate look at the man who just may be the most fascinating player in hockey and the greatest leader in all sport.
Author Biography: Jeff Z. Klein is the author of Mario Lemieux (1995), and the hockey fan’s manifesto The Death of Hockey (1998) and co-author of The Coolest Guys on Ice (1996) and The Hockey Compendium (1987, 2001). Though a life-long Sabres fan, the peak moment of his life occurred on June 14th, 1994, when he drank champagne out of the Stanley Cup in the dressing room of Messier’s victorious Rangers.
Meet the Author
Jeff Z. Klein is an editor with the New York Times Magazine and is the former sports editor of the Village Voice. He is the author of four previous books, including The Coolest Guys on Ice and The Death of Hockey.
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Anyone who cares about hockey will be fascinated by this insightful biography of a living legend. Klein writes beautifully and really knows his stuff.