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Neil Smith

Neil Smith (Executive.  Born, Toronto, Ont., Jan. 9, 1954.)  An all-America defenseman at Western Michigan, Neil Smith played two seasons in the Islanders farm system before becoming a scout for the team.  He moved to the Detroit Red Wings as director of professional scouting in 1982 and then became the director of scouting.  He also served […]

Mark Messier

Mark Messier (Hockey. Born, Edmonton, Alta., Jan. 18, 1961.) Even though he helped the Oilers of his native Edmonton to five Stanley Cup championships from 1984-90, Mark Douglas Messier “came home” when signed as a free agent with the Rangers July 13, 2000. Almost three years earlier, he had left the Rangers, whom he had […]

Wayne Gretzky

Wayne Gretzky (Hockey.  Born, Brantford, Ont., Jan. 26, 1961.)  Already the greatest scorer in N.H.L. history, Wayne Gretzky signed with the Rangers as a free agent July 21, 1996, reuniting with his former Edmonton teammate Mark Messier, and together they helped the Rangers to the Stanley Cup semifinals in his first year with the club.  […]

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