Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Messier's son trys out with Oil Kings

Somehow I missed this before today, but Mark Messier's son, Lyon, is trying out with Edmonton's newest franchise, the expansion Oil Kings of the WHL:
Lyon was asked if he has thought about how emotional it might be for him to play for the Oil Kings in the arena where his dad won Stanley Cups, and where his jersey hangs in the rafters.

"I am thrilled to be here where my Dad played and have an opportunity to play where he played and help the team out," Lyon said. "It's going to be a good experience and I'm just going to try to do my best."
That's certainly an awfully big name to carry around Edmonton, let alone as a fringe player on what will likely be a struggling junior hockey entity trying to find its way.

Messier's one of 12 defencemen left on the team's training camp roster, currently sitting with 30 skaters and four 'tenders. Also of note in the 'name' department are Lance Redden and Scott Skrudland, Wade Redden's cousin and Brian Skrudland's nephew.

Now there's a team built on bloodlines.

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At 2:08 a.m., August 30, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Will Vic Mah's grandkid handle....ah, too easy.

At 6:37 a.m., August 30, 2007, Blogger Blitzen said...

Lyon's uncle, Paul Messier, played for the Oil Kings in their last season in Edmonton (1976) before the franchise moved to the US.

At 10:49 a.m., August 30, 2007, Blogger Doogie said...

The Oilers' fine tradition of nepotism continues.

At 6:38 p.m., August 30, 2007, Anonymous Keith said...

Beat me to it, Doogie. The Oilers inbreed like no other organization. Not even the Flames and their "drafting the coaches son" motif matches it.


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