ESPN hires Mark Messier as NHL analyst

ESPN hired former NHL player Mark Messier as an analyst for their NHL coverage.

The multi-year deal will see him become an integral part of ESPN’s coverage launched during the 2021-22 season.

“Hockey and the NHL have given me enormous opportunities, successes and experiences on the ice and in my life,” Messier said in a statement. “My passion for the game is stronger than it has ever been and I look forward to sharing this passion, along with my insights and analysis with the incredible fans of the sport. The NHL is entering a new era with ESPN and The Walt Disney Company – with exciting and evolving gameplay and incredibly talented players – and I’m thrilled to be a part of the team. « 

Messier, who is the only player in NHL history to captain two teams in titles, is widely regarded as one of the best players to ever play football.

A native of St. Alberta, Alta., Messeir was drafted by the Oilers in the third round of the 1979 NHL Draft. He then played 25 years in the NHL with the Edmonton Oilers, New York Rangers and Vancouver Canucks. A 1756-game NHL veteran, Messier has scored 694 goals and 1,887 points during his career.

Zach Laing is Chief News Officer and Senior Columnist for the Nation Network. He can be followed on Twitter at @zjlaing, or contactable by email at [email protected]

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