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Beyond the promise, Messier a true leader in all areas

Updated: November 17, 2004, 4:49 PM ET
The Hockey News

For many, the notion of Mark Messier, the consummate leader, begins and ends with his bold guarantee of victory in Game 6 of the 1994 Eastern Conference final.

It was the stuff of legend and instantly placed the New York Rangers captain in the rare company of sports icons Joe Namath and Muhammad Ali, who spun empty promises into timeless measures of greatness.

Messier, of course, scored three third-period goals to erase an early 2-0 New Jersey lead in Game 6 to force a seventh game, ...

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