Messier emotional as Rangers ready to retire number

Updated: January 11, 2006, 11:41 PM ET
Associated Press

NEW YORK -- Mark Messier stood at the podium in front of family, friends and dozens of pictures of his entire hockey life.

This was the day the six-time Stanley Cup champion has dreaded since he decided to end his 25-year NHL career in September.

On skates in "The World's Most Famous Arena," Messier never felt out of place or uncomfortable. But dressed in a suit while making his first in-person declaration that his brilliant career was over, the former captain couldn't get through ...

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