Mark Messier Leaves Rangers Organization

A week ago Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather was asked about Mark Messier's future with the Rangers organization, specifically whether or not Messier planned to continue working in the team's front office. Thursday the organization released a joint statement from Messier and Sather stating that the Rangers' legendary former captain, and most recently special assistant to Sather, had decided to leave the organization and pursue another hockey-related opportunity in the New York area.

“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," said Messier. " 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."

The Kingsbridge National Ice Center is projected to consist of nine rinks and one 5,000 seat showcase arena located in the Bronx, by the current Kingsbridge Armory.

In the statement released by the team late Thursday afternoon, Sather said the following:

“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"

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Jun 27 - 8:19pm