I’m kidding, of course.
Actually, there is nothing that says players have to designate a team when they enter the Hall of Fame, which is welcome news since I wouldn’t know whether to pick my high school team, my college club team, or my spring league team that once won its season championship game in double overtime at 1 in the morning.
Phew. Talk about a load off my shoulders.
Yes, Mess is in. For what it’s worth I spent some time perusing the media guide and he is the 43rd Ranger to enter the Hall, but the first player elected since Fred “Bun” Cook in 1995 to have spent a significant part of his career in New York (Cook played for the Rangers from 1926 to 1936).
Since then, a string of players—Wayne Gretzky, Mike Gartner, Jari Kurry, Pat LaFontaine, and Dick Duff—have gone into the Hall. But all of those players made their biggest marks elsewhere.
Messier, you could argue, did as well. But he obviously made a huge dent here as well.
Just wait until he takes over as GM….