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Mark Messier leaves Rangers organization

Jun 27, 2013, 4:24 PM EDT

Mark Messier AP

Mark Messier isn’t going to be the next coach of the New York Rangers and now he’s not even going to be with the organization anymore.

The team announced Messier was leaving the Rangers to pursue another interest in the New York City area. Messier’s statement painted out what his new job will entail.

“I would like to thank the New York Rangers and particularly Glen Sather for giving me the opportunity over the last four years to work with the Rangers.  I am resigning my position with the Team to pursue an opportunity to expand the game of hockey in the New York area by developing the Kingsbridge National Ice Center.  Although some will perceive this as a reaction to the coaching decision, nothing could be further from the truth.  I completely respect the decision that was made and for all the reasons it was made.  I harbor no hard feelings toward Glen or the Rangers.  This is a personal choice I am making to create a program in the New York area that will give our children more choices and opportunities in the future.  I wish the Rangers nothing but the best in the future.”

Messier beat us to the punch. The former Rangers captain was “very disappointed” at not being named coach of the Rangers. It is rather convenient, however, that Messier has this opportunity to work with the Kingsbridge National Ice Center in spite of being in the hunt for the Rangers head coaching job that he was passed over in favor of Alain Vigneault.

Rangers GM Glen Sather had a statement on this as well.

“Mark Messier will always be a part of the New York Rangers family.  As a player and then as part of the management team, he brought incomparable passion and dedication to the organization.  We wish him well in his future endeavors.”

Parting is such sweet sorrow.

  1. jpelle82 - Jun 27, 2013 at 4:32 PM

    he didnt get the coaching job so he took his other opportunity…looks like the coaching gig was his first choice though

  2. banger60 - Jun 27, 2013 at 4:42 PM

    i’m taking my ball and going home, one of the best but maybe some ego problems, just saying, GO RANGERS!

  3. 950003cups - Jun 27, 2013 at 4:43 PM

    Good move Mark!


    That place their building is enormous!! Should be great for the game of hockey. Just like he was (in Edmonton)

    I’m excited to skate there. It’s gonna be popular and prosperous.

  4. 950003cups - Jun 27, 2013 at 4:46 PM

    Oh, and if he’s trying to sell the public on “had nothing to do with not being coach” then he’s just silly. So, what happens if he got the coaching job? He was gonna get up and quit? LOL!!

  5. kaptaanamerica - Jun 27, 2013 at 5:04 PM

    Messier sucks.wish he’d never put on a Canucks uniform.those were some dark days.

  6. jaredo10 - Jun 27, 2013 at 5:16 PM

    love messier but we made the rite choose with A V its all about the cup baby.. LGR

  7. 950003cups - Jun 27, 2013 at 5:20 PM

    I read somewhere, Sather asked Aaron Hernandez if he wouldn’t mind giving Messier a ride to the Bronx.

  8. stakex - Jun 27, 2013 at 5:40 PM

    Seems like everyone thinks he left the Rangers simply because they didn’t give him the coaching job. I read this slightly different. Messier was probably getting tired of being Sathers assistant and wanted to do something else. Obviously he wanted that something else to be head coach of the Rangers, but once that didn’t pan out he simply took the next best thing that came along.

    I mean who can really blame the guy for not wanting to be Sather’s assistant forever?

  9. canucks30 - Jun 27, 2013 at 5:40 PM

    Spoiled Brat

  10. nyrnashty - Jun 27, 2013 at 6:42 PM

    I wonder if he was crying when he released that statement?

  11. nyrnashty - Jun 27, 2013 at 6:44 PM

    Think he’ll ask for his retired jersey back?

  12. deadrabbit79 - Jun 27, 2013 at 8:42 PM

    So if Tortorella didn’t get fired he was going to leave for this other opportunity anyway? Hmmmmmm

  13. heynyc61 - Jun 28, 2013 at 7:08 AM

    No experience… How was he gonna coach? Seems a little spoiled

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