Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Eric Messier
Eric Messier was a star defenceman with the Swift Textile Midgets of the Quebec Midget AAA Hockey League in 1990-91 and was picked to play for Trois-Rivieres of the QMJHL in 1991-92. In his rookie year in major junior hockey Messier played 58 games, scoring two goals and 12 points. In the offseason he was sent to the Sherbrooke Faucons where he played for two years, and was named to the QMJHL Second All-Star Team in 1994 as an overage player.

Messier was undrafted throughout his junior career so he opted to enroll at the University of Quebec at Trois-Rivieres where he played 13 games for the school scoring eight goals and 13 points in 1994-95. After one season at UQTR, Messier was discovered as a potential NHLer when playing with Montreal's professional roller hockey team in the summer of 1995. The man who found him was Bob Hartley, former head-coach of the Avalanche, who at the time was serving as a minor-league coach within the team's system.

The Colorado Avalanche signed Messier to a free-agent contract on June 14, 1995 and he played the entire 1995-96 season with the team's AHL affiliate in Cornwall. He got his call to the NHL in 1996-97, playing 21 games with the defending Stanley Cup champions. He also appeared in 55 games with the Hershey Bears of the AHL.

In 1997-98 Messier landed a full-time spot on the roster, dressing for 62 games for the Avalanche, scoring four goals and 16 points. A defenceman converted to forward, Messier missed the majority of the 1998-99 season recovering from an elbow injury. He returned to the Avalanche full-time in 1999-00, playing 61 games. He played in 64 games with the team in 2000-01 and helped Colorado win its second Stanley Cup in franchise history.

Messier went on to play two more seasons with Colorado before being dealt to the Florida Panthers in the summer of 2003. Upon his arrival with the Panthers, Messier would play a mere 21 games after he suffered a season ending wrist injury.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1990-91 Swift Textile Midgets QAHA
1990-91 Montreal-Bourassa QAAA 3 0 1 1 0 2 0 0 0 0
1991-92 Trois-Rivieres Draveurs QMJHL 58 2 10 12 28 15 2 2 4 13
1992-93 Sherbrooke Faucons QMJHL 51 4 17 21 82 15 0 4 4 18
1993-94 Sherbrooke Faucons QMJHL 67 4 25 29 69 12 1 7 8 14
1994-95 U. of Quebec at Trois-Rivieres OUAA 13 8 5 13 20 -1 4 0 3 3 8
1995-96 Cornwall Aces AHL 72 5 9 14 111 8 1 1 2 20
1996-97 Colorado Avalanche NHL 21 0 0 0 4 +7 6 0 0 0 4
1996-97 Hershey Bears AHL 55 16 26 42 69 9 3 8 11 14
1997-98 Colorado Avalanche NHL 62 4 12 16 20 +4
1998-99 Colorado Avalanche NHL 31 4 2 6 14 0 3 0 0 0 0
1998-99 Hershey Bears AHL 6 1 3 4 4 +1
1999-00 Colorado Avalanche NHL 61 3 6 9 24 0 14 0 1 1 4
2000-01 Colorado Avalanche NHL 64 5 7 12 26 -3 23 2 2 4 14
2001-02 Colorado Avalanche NHL 74 5 10 15 26 -5 21 1 2 3 0
2002-03 Colorado Avalanche NHL 72 4 10 14 16 -2 5 0 0 0 0
2003-04 Florida Panthers NHL 21 0 3 3 16 -2
NHL Totals 406 25 50 75 146 72 3 5 8 22


QMJHL Second All-Star Team (1994) Signed as a free agent by Colorado, June 14, 1995.
Missed majority of 1998-99 due to elbow injury vs. Ottawa, October 10, 1998.
Played w/ RHI's Montreal Roadrunners in 1995 (22-0-11-11-46). Traded to Florida by Colorado with Vaclav Nedorost for Peter Worrell and Florida's 2nd round pick (later traded to NY Rangers - later traded back to Florida - Florida selected David Shantz) in 2004 NHL Draft, July 18, 2003.
Missed majority of 2003-04 due to wrist injury vs. Atlanta, November 21, 2003.
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