Messier Quote on Winning


I may as well since Mark Messier knows a lot about winning. The six-time Stanley Cup winner who captained the Rangers to their only Cup since 1940 had this simple, but very truthful quote about what it takes to win.

It also applies to being successful. Listening to him speak is a pleasure. He really should be a motivational speaker. He’s so good at it. Hell. I would probably be too since I’m not shy about speaking in front of people.

I think it’s important for this year’s Blueshirts to take away what they learned from having The Captain speak to them in the locker room. Sure. The game didn’t go the way they envisioned, getting shutout by another hockey God Petr “Weekes” Mrazek. But they didn’t play poorly.

The first two periods were on even terms with both Mrazek and Henrik Lundqvist taking turns making great saves in a old fashioned goaltender duel. The difference was the Canes were determined in the third period, showing off their superior skating and team defense to win the game 3-0. It was closer than the final score with Carolina getting two empty netters in support of Warren Foegle’s game-winner and Mrazek’s 27 saves.

For the young players who’ll be a big part of the future, they must learn from this experience. It’s so rare that you get to meet a championship team as they did on the ice for the ceremony and behind the scenes in the room. This should be a worthwhile lesson moving forward for the franchise that’s headed to a second consecutive playoff miss.

About Derek Felix

Derek Felix is sports blogger whose previous experience included separate stints at ESPN as a stat researcher for NHL and WNBA telecasts. The Staten Island native also interned for or hockey historian Stan Fischler and worked behind the scenes for MSG as a production assistant on New Jersey Devil telecasts. An avid New York sports fan who enjoys covering events, writing, concerts, movies and the outdoors, Derek has covered consecutive Staten Island Yankees NY Penn League championships in '05 and '06. He also scored Berkeley Carroll high school basketball games from '06-14 and provided an outlet for the Park Slope school's student athletes. Hitting Back gives them the publicity they deserve. In his free time, he also attends Ranger games and is a loyal St. John's alum with a sports management degree. The Battle Of New York administrator and chief editor can be followed below on Twitter and Facebook.
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