Hockey great Mark Messier is profiled in this DVD that documents his career from childhood hockey leagues in his native Canada to NHL superstardom in New York City. Messier first achieved stardom as a member of the Edmont... more »on Oilers' dynasty of the 1980s, which won three Stanley Cups in four years. But he rose to his greatest fame, and escaped from the shadow of Wayne Gretzky, when he arrived with great fanfare in the Big Apple and sought to lead the downtrodden Rangers to the Stanley Cup, a seemingly impossible goal. Mark Messier: Leader, Champion & Legend shows vividly how Messier initially faced some rocky times after arriving in Madison Square Garden before the Rangers finally won the biggest prize in hockey after a 54-year drought. Family members, former teammates (including, of course, Gretzky), and even the coach from his childhood bantam league team appear to talk about Messier's love of the game and his astounding desire to win. The action footage is often spectacular, and there is an appropriate amount of atmospheric material, including scenes of wild-eyed Ranger fans going insane as they extol the virtues of Messier. --Robert J. McNamara« less
"Messier is the greatest player in the NHL. That isn't to say that he's the best but no one has the resume that he does. As for Messier not being anything after he was no longer paired with Gretzky, that's why his teams have more wins and better records overall? His two Stanley Cups (Gretzky never won one without Messier on his team)? Two Hart Trophies (None after 1988 for Gretzky)? No matter how badly his teams played over the past seven seasons, that doesn't diminish or eradicate all that Mark Messier has accomplished in the game of hockey.
This collection will be a great addition to my DVD library."
Mark Messier - A Good Hero Story, Not So Much Hockey
kt | 07/05/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This video tells the human story of Mark Messier's impressive career. I would say it does that well; certainly well enough for me.I was hoping for more, better video of Mark's style and skills. I would really like to see what he does that makes him so good; and the DVD format seems to offer so much potential for that sort of demonstration. There is a fair amount of video of Mark, but not as much and not as good as I would have liked.Still, it's one of the few ice hockey DVD's out there; certainly more ice hockey content than "Mystery Alaska", and I'm glad to have it."
One of the Immortals of the Game
Matthew McCallum | Redding, California USA | 09/03/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The only man to wear the captain "C" for two different Stanley Cup winning franchises, Mark Messier is without doubt an immortal of the NHL and easily one of the Top 10 players to ever lace-up skates. His on-ice accomplishments -- 6 Stanley Cups, 2 Hart Trophies, second only to Gretzky in regular season and playoff points -- coupled with his legendary leadership and hard-nosed style illustrate the very special player that the unheralded Messier ultimately became. Messier is a throwback to the "old-school" of hockey players, combining the vicious streak of Gordie Howe, the wicked slapshot of Bobby Hull and the fiery stare of Rocket Richard into one mean package. Sadly, the underperformance of Messier's teams over much of the last decade -- as well as his advancing years -- haven't showcased his greatness to newer fans. This updating of the 1997 VHS release with additional footage and features will allow old fans like me to relive Messier's glory years and exhibit his greatness to younger fans. (Reviewer's Bias: I grew-up in Edmonton and was blessed with the chance to watch the hometown-boy-made-good Messier on a nightly basis for a dozen years. That said, a lot of other folks seem to think Messier is pretty special, so I don't think my judgement is clouded THAT badly. [*grin*])"
BUY IT, WATCH IT, LIVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
James Shannon Bussey | Mississippi | 01/14/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This DVD is one of the best sports profiles I have ever seen. For one it details the life of arguably one of the greatest athletes in the history of professional sports. Even if you know the life of Messier and feel you don't the DVD, trust me you do. The DVD begins with a combination of short video clips of Messier with someone reading the poem "If" by Rudyard Kipling. I use that part as a football coach to motivate my players in Mississippi. Even though none of them know anything about hockey, they could run through a brick wall. This Movie is must for any sports fan. If you are a Messier fan and don't have it get it today. Because if you watch it everyday until the day you die, it won't be enough!"
Still the best NHL video/dvds around
kt | Dallas, TX | 02/06/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I'm not a hockey fan. I've been a big NFL buf.
Then Messier and Rangers came to US. Whatever you say, hockey is minor pro sports comparing NFL or NBA or MLB in the States.
But when I watched this Messier Video/dvds, I just realized how much I was missing not following NHL.
I knew there was Gretz, Mario, etc... But none of them were like Mess. After Jordans' 1st retirement, this was the only sport personality video/dvds I could enjoy watching. And I still watch.
The reason is this is not a just hockey player video/dvds, but just like Jordan' parsonality video/dvds, it's about life. It contains biographical elements.
All the sports fans can enjoy this if you see that way."