Growing up Messier
This is all a riff off of something Lowetide posted tonight, so perhaps it's best you also go say a kind "hello" to him.
Back in the mid-'70s, before I was around, Doug Messier was the coach of the Junior A Spruce Grove Mets, which was a pretty dominant team in those days. They hosted the Centennial Cup in 1975 in nearby Edmonton, and won with more than a little help from the coach's son in a starring role.
Messier Jr. had already set a regular season record — the most points by a 16-year-old with 101.
Two years later, Doug's other son, three years younger, made his way to the Mets at age 15. The team relocated and became the St. Albert Saints the next year, but father and Son #2 were still on board, and the second 16-year-old Messier managed a respectable 25 goal, 74 point season.
Turns out he was a late-bloomer.
|16||1974-75||Edmonton Oil Kings||WCHL||1||2||0||2||0|
|16||1974-75||Spruce Grove Mets||AJHL||57||45||56||101||48|
|17||1975-76||Edmonton Oil Kings||WCHL||11||1||12||13||2|
|17||1975-76||Spruce Grove Mets||AJHL||44||32||45||77||46|
|18||1976-77||U. of Denver||NCAA||30||15||12||27||46|
|19||1977-78||U. of Denver||NCAA||38||20||31||51||53|
|15||1976-77||Spruce Grove Mets||AJHL||57||27||39||66||91|
|16||1977-78||St. Albert Saints||AJHL||54||25||49||74||194|
It's endlessly fascinating to me that two brothers could both be stellar junior hockey players, get drafted in the third-round of the NHL draft one year apart, and the one who actually put up less significant numbers in junior hockey became a Hall of Famer.
Paul Messier ultimately played just nine NHL games, despite a tryout with Mark's Oilers in the fall of 1980.
That's not to say the elder Messier can't play, because he went onto a considerable pro career, one that snaked through the CHL, AHL, Germany and Italy. He put up pretty decent numbers, too, notching a point-a-game season with the AHL's Moncton Alpines under Pappy Messier. He was even Jarome Iginla's agent in the early years.
But under awards on the Legends of Hockey site, there are only two notes for Paul Messier: Centennial Cup All-Star Team (1975) and "brother of Mark."