In a game against the Dallas Stars this week, Mark Messier surpassed Gordie Howe
to move into second place in all-time NHL scoring (he is still about a thousand points behind Wayne Gretzky
). Even though the two played in very different eras, the comparisons have begun. Mark Messier
has made a huge contribution to hockey and is often regarded as a consumate leader having won 6 Stanley Cup championships. Gordie Howe won 4 Stanley Cups with the Detroit Red Wings and 2 Avco Cups while playing in the WHA. Though Howe was probably more of a fighter than Messier, both could score and handle the physical side of hockey. An interesting comaprison.