Joby Messier

Marcus Cyril "Joby" Messier (born March 2, 1970 in Regina, Saskatchewan) is a professional ice hockey player who played 25 games in the National Hockey League (NHL) for the New York Rangers.

Joby Messier
Born (1970-03-02) March 2, 1970
Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 200 lb (91 kg; 14 st 4 lb)
Position Defence
Shot Right
Played for New York Rangers
NHL Draft 118th overall, 1989
New York Rangers
Playing career 19921998

Playing career

Joby Messier was a member of the Notre Dame Hounds of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League (SJHL) in 1987-88, playing 53 games and scoring 31 points. He also collected five points in five games during the 1988 Centennial Cup and was named a tournament All-Star.

Messier enrolled at Michigan State University, following in his older brother Mitch's footsteps. He played for the Spartans for four years and was a CCHA First Team All-Star selection in his senior year in 1991-92. After his sophomore year, Messier was selected by the New York Rangers in the 1989 NHL Entry Draft, 118th overall. During his time with the Spartans some of his teammates included Rod Brind'Amour, Kip Miller, Jason Woolley, Bryan Smolinski and Rem Murray.[1]

Following the completion of his collegiate playing days, Messier joined the New York Rangers for eleven games in 1992-93. He also dressed for 60 games with the Binghamton Rangers of the American Hockey League (AHL), scoring five goals and 21 points. He played four more games with New York the following year, picking up two assists and was inserted into the lineup for ten games in 1994-95.

Messier was signed as a free agent by the New York Islanders on September 5, 1995, but missed the entire season recovering from a knee injury sustained in training camp. He then missed a good portion of the 1996-97 season recovering from an automobile accident on August 23, 1996.

The injury bug seemed to follow Messier wherever he went during his professional career. On November 8, 1997 he suffered a career-ending head injury while playing for the Long Beach Ice Dogs of the International Hockey League (IHL) in a game against Las Vegas.

In 25 NHL games with the Rangers, Messier had four assists and 24 minutes in penalties.[2]

Awards and honours

Messier was a Member of the 1994 Stanley Cup Champion New York Rangers. In 60 games playing for the Binghamton Rangers of the AHL, he had a +59, which is still the plus/minus record in the American Hockey League (AHL). Joby accepted a full athletic scholarship Michigan State University 1988-1992 and was Captain of Michigan State University hockey team 1991-92. While still in high school; Joby was Assistant Captain of 1988 SJHL Centennial Cup Champions Notre Dame Hounds and was selected to the Centennial Cup All-Star Team 1987-1988. In 2013, the 1987-88 Notre Dame Hounds were inducted into the SJHL Hall of Fame.[3] Male Hockey Coordinator Athol Murray College of Notre Dame Coach My Sport League Sion, Switzerland Coach Pantern Allsvenska Sweden

Award Year
All-CCHA First Team 1991–92
AHCA West First-Team All-American 1991–92

Personal life

Messier and his wife, Kim, have two children Max and Ashley. Messier's brother Mitch also played in the NHL, and they are cousins of Mark Messier.


  1. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-04-21. Retrieved 2016-08-13.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. "Legends of Hockey - NHL Player Search - Player - Joby Messier". Retrieved 2019-01-22.
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Karl Johnston
CCHA Best Defensive Defenseman
Succeeded by
Bob Marshall

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