Moose makes his point

TERRY JONES -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:48 AM ET

TORONTO -- It was kind of a dry run in case he couldn't keep a dry eye.

Being that there was a chance the man they called Moose might once again be the "blubbering idiot" he called himself at his banner raisings in Edmonton and New York, Mark Messier yesterday was given a chance to tell the media ahead of time what he would have said if he could have said it.

It was at a morning function, where the new inductees were presented with their Hall of Fame rings, and Messier took advantage of the opportunity.

"When you look back, it starts at home with the efforts put forth by your mother and father for all those early-morning practices, all your minor hockey coaches who picked you up when your parents couldn't get there, your brothers and sisters and just all the players and coaches that helped you along the way," he said of growing up in St. Albert and Edmonton.

"What I've really reflected on this weekend is my family and the efforts my mother and father took to get me to this position and all the people in minor hockey and friends that helped me along the way. And then of course getting to the NHL, obviously Glen Sather and the Edmonton Oilers ...

"There's just not enough time and memory to thank everybody and say what we'd all like to say... but the most important thing is just a thank you to the family and all the people who were there to help us into this position."

He hoped he'd be able to get to Wayne Gretzky.

''Wayne was a guy we learned so much from, not only from a hockey standpoint but he was so far ahead of us in the mental side of the game and the preparation and what it was to be a professional, the way he handled the media, the way he treated everybody equally, never looking down on anybody." said Messier.

"Those are lessons that you just don't always have that kind of knowledge coming into the sport. We had the best teaching us."


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