NHL legend Mark Messier was invested into the Order of Canada by Governor General Julie Payette Thursday.
Messier is widely regarded as one of the best leaders in NHL history and has also boosted his community through various charitable programs, including The First Shift, which strives to make hockey more accessible to all kids.
“Known for his leadership skills both on and off the ice, hockey legend Mark Messier is considered one of the greatest players of all time,” reads a release from Rideau Hall. “A 26-year NHL veteran, six-time Stanley Cup winner and the only player to lead two different teams to league championships, he is renowned for his perseverance and for his ability to bring people together in pursuit of a common goal.”
Messier’s 1,756 NHL games played are second all-time to Gordie Howe, and his 1,887 points are third behind Wayne Gretzky and Jaromir Jagr.