A tough, intense player, Mark Messier spent much of his career under the shadow of Edmonton Oilers teammate Wayne Gretzky, but make no mistake—“The Moose” is one of the all-time greats. He started his pro career in 1978 with the Indianapolis Racers of the ill-fated World Hockey Association, and shortly afterward jumped over to the Cincinnati Stingers. Following the collapse of the WHA, he was selected 48th overall by the Edmonton Oilers in the 1979 NHL Entry Draft.
Messier started out as a left winger, but transitioned to centre for the 1984 postseason—a change that turned him into a superstar. Not only did he play a huge role in the Oilers’ Stanley Cup victory, he was awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as the playoff MVP. Messier also contributed to the Oilers' Stanley Cup wins in '85, '87, '88, and—as team captain—'90.
Traded to the New York Rangers in 1991, Messier kept making history. In 1994, he led the Rangers to their first Stanley Cup in 54 years—finally breaking the infamous "Curse of 1940." It also made Messier the first (and still only) NHL player to captain two Stanley Cup-winning teams. In 1997 Messier moved to the Vancouver Canucks, before returning to the New York Rangers in 2000 for his final 4 seasons. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2007.
Collecting authentic Mark Messier jerseys is one common way for devoted hockey fans to honor one of the living legends of the game. As it happens, there are many different vintage Mark Messier jerseys available, which is appropriate for someone who played in multiple leagues and on different teams. At Custom Throwback Jerseys, we certainly have many tempting options for you to consider. You can get an old-school Messier Oilers hockey jersey, a Messier Rangers jersey, a 1984 “All Star” jersey, or a Team Canada jersey. Our inventory even includes retro WHA hockey jerseys from his Indianapolis Racers and Cincinnati Stingers days. When you’re done exploring this selection of classic apparel, you might want to check out our other custom NHL home and away jerseys we have for you.