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 Edmonton 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
Bonus material in this intelligently assembled package includes a feature on Messier's trade to Vancouver and eventual return to New York in 2000, screens displaying Messier's statistics, and a photo album.