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#82 – Mark Messier: Management, private progress, and performing below stress

On this episode, Mark Messier, six-time Stanley Cup champion, shares essentially the most invaluable classes he picked up over 25+ years {of professional} hockey leading to one of many longest and most embellished careers in hockey historical past. Mark shares what result in his distinctive model of humble management, how he was capable of get proficient people to successfully work as a staff, the significance of maturing and evolving as an individual, and the way he was capable of keep calm and carry out at his finest below huge quantities of stress. Moreover, we undergo his favourite moments as a participant, what it was like taking part in with and studying from The Nice One, Wayne Gretzky, and rather more. 


We talk about:

  • Overview of Mark’s extraordinary 25+ yr skilled hockey profession [7:15];
  • The pattern in direction of children specializing in one sport earlier and earlier—A great or dangerous factor? [12:00];
  • Mark’s early ardour for hockey, and when he realized it may very well be his “job” [14:15];
  • Going professional at age 17 [19:30];
  • Mark’s favourite expertise taking part in skilled hockey [25:45];
  • Taking part in with (and studying from) the good Wayne Gretzky [26:40];
  • A tough lesson discovered in his first yr as a professional [32:00];
  • Classes discovered from shedding his first Stanley Cup Finals [35:45];
  • Redemption—Successful his first Stanley Cup and the start of a dynasty in Edmonton [41:15];
  • Significance of staff character [54:00];
  • The stunning commerce of Wayne Gretzky, and Mark stepping up as the brand new chief and staff captain [59:30];
  • Taking part in for the New York Rangers—the lure of the town and the stress to carry out [1:07:00];
  • Ending the 54-year championship drought for the New York Rangers [1:13:30];
  • Changing into an excellent chief [1:16:30];
  • win the psychological battle in opposition to your opponent [1:20:30];
  • Opposing gamers for which Mark had nice respect [1:22:00];
  • Retiring after an unbelievably lengthy and lustrous profession [1:27:00];
  • leverage stress and nervousness right into a constructive power [1:32:45];
  • Crucial high quality—A willingness to study, enhance, and evolve [1:36:00];
  • What does Mark do right now for train to remain in nice form? [1:44:30];
  • Why taking part in sports activities is such an excellent factor for youths [1:49:30];
  • The Mark Messier Basis [1:53:00];
  • How has Mark averted the “lack of id” feeling which plagues many retired athletes? [1:56:15];
  • Does Mark assume it’s doable to breed a staff pretty much as good as his Oilers groups of the 80s? [1:59:30];
  • Would Mark ever need to coach within the NHL? [2:03:00];
  • Will the Toronto Maple Leafs ever win the Stanley cup? [2:04:00]; and
  • Extra.


Overview of Mark’s extraordinary 25+ yr skilled hockey profession [7:15]

  • Mark retired from hockey ~14 years go
  • Performed within the NHL for 25+ years
  • Began professionally at age 17 (within the WHA)

Wonderful Oilers groups of the 1980s

Determine 1. 1980 Oilers – Gretzky, Messier, Kurri, Anderson. Picture credit score:

“As soon as I began actually going overseas, and that basically hit it residence with that we have been doing one thing particular, and truly, we had a extremely particular staff with some wonderful gamers, that was being acknowledged all over the world.”


The pattern in direction of children specializing in one sport earlier and earlier—A great or dangerous factor? [12:00]

Mark grew up in close to Edmonton

  • His father performed for the Portland Buckaroos after which in 1968 they moved again to Edmonton
  • Beginning taking part in hockey at 6 years outdated
  • Mark performed different sports activities like baseball within the springtime

The pattern in direction of earlier and earlier specialization

  • Some would dispute isn’t essentially the most wholesome factor for youths to specialize so early
  • A greater method really, …..

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Mark Messier

Mark Messier is without doubt one of the best gamers within the historical past of the Nationwide Hockey League. He’s recognized for his prodigious accomplishments, unparalleled management expertise, and unwavering dedication and loyalty to his staff. Mark’s achievements over everything of his 26-year NHL profession are astounding: Six Stanley Cup championships, 1887 factors scored, putting him third on the all-time NHL record (behind solely Wayne Gretzky and Jaromir Jagr), two Hart Memorial trophies because the league’s Most Priceless Participant, and his standing as the one skilled athlete ever to captain two completely different franchises – the Edmonton Oilers and the New York Rangers – to championships. He’ll all the time be cherished by New Yorkers for his success with the Rangers, particularly for his legendary heroics in 1994 when he led the Blueshirts to their first Stanley Cup championship in fifty-four years.

Mark Messier’s post-career honors are quite a few and ongoing. In 2007, Mark was a first-ballot choice to the Hockey Corridor of Fame, and in 2009, he obtained the Lester Patrick Award for his excellent contributions to hockey in the US. In February of 2017, because the Nationwide Hockey League launched its 100th anniversary celebration, Mark was named to the record of the NHL’s 100 Biggest Gamers of All-Time. In June of 2017 Mark was named an Officer of the Order of Canada, a extremely prestigious award which acknowledges excellent achievement, dedication to the neighborhood, and repair to the nation of Canada.

Since retiring as a participant in 2004, Mark has taken on govt roles with the New York Rangers and Hockey Canada and was a founding father of the Messier Mission that developed the M-11 hockey helmet to maximise safety, significantly in regard to concussions. Mark at the moment serves on the board of Reply the Name, the NY Police & Fireplace Widows’s and Kids’s Fund, and is an energetic supporter of the Tomorrow’s Kids’s Fund.

In 2007, the NHL instituted the annual Mark Messier Management Award, given yearly to the participant who combines wonderful on-ice efficiency with extraordinary dedication to neighborhood and charity involvement. It’s in service of these beliefs of social duty, that Mark has created the Mark Messier Basis. On this planet of sports activities, the identify Mark Messier has grow to be synonymous with management, compassion, and success. Now, in behalf of the Mark Messier Basis, he harnesses those self same attributes to meaningfully enhance the lives of these in want. []

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