Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Paul Messier
Paul Messier is one of the few NHL players with the distinction of having been born in England. He and his family moved to Canada when he was young and he grew up playing hockey in the Edmonton minor system. At 15 Messier played for the Edmonton Mets of the AJHL, scoring 37 goals and 76 points in 59 games. The next year he played for the Spruce Grove Mets in the same league, collecting 45 goals and 101 points in 57 games. He was also called up to play one game with the Edmonton Oil Kings of the WJHL.

In 1975-76 he spent most of his season with Spruce Grove but was called up to play eleven games with the Oil Kings where he had a goal and 12 points. At 18, he decided to enroll at the University of Denver where he played for two years. After posting a 51-point season on 20 goals and 31 assists in 1977-78, Messier was selected by the Colorado Rockies with the 41st pick in the 1978 NHL Amateur Draft.

Messier played his entire nine-games in the NHL with the Rockies in 1978-79, failing to register a point. He also played with the Philadelphia Firebirds of the AHL and the Tulsa Oilers that year. He continued to play exclusively in the minors for another four years with the Fort Worth Texans, Birmingham Bulls and Wichita Wind of the CHL and the Binghamton Whalers and Moncton Alpines of the AHL.

In 1983-84 Messier decided to move to Germany where he played for six years, one with Iserlohn ECD and five with Mannheim ERC. He then played two games with Bolzano HC of the Italian League in 1990-91 before retiring.

REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1973-74 Edmonton Mets AJHL 59 37 39 76 43
1974-75 Spruce Grove Mets AJHL 57 45 56 101 48 11 7 13 20 10
1974-75 Edmonton Oil Kings WCJHL 1 2 0 2 0
1974-75 Spruce Grove Mets Cen-Cup
1975-76 Spruce Grove Mets AJHL 44 32 45 77 46 10 4 12 16 11
1975-76 Edmonton Oil Kings WCJHL 11 1 12 13 2
1976-77 University of Denver WCHA 30 15 12 27 47
1977-78 University of Denver WCHA 38 20 31 51 53
1978-79 Colorado Rockies NHL 9 0 0 0 4 -6
1978-79 Philadelphia Firebirds AHL 16 2 3 5 18
1978-79 Tulsa Oilers CHL 27 3 4 7 11
1979-80 Fort Worth Texans CHL 7 0 1 1 2
1979-80 Birmingham Bulls CHL 50 6 14 20 14 2 2 1 3 0
1980-81 Wichita Wind CHL 45 13 13 26 26
1981-82 Binghamton Whalers AHL 62 26 37 63 74 15 5 6 11 2
1982-83 Moncton Alpines AHL 77 27 50 77 30
1983-84 ECD Iserlohn W.German 46 24 26 50 40
1984-85 Mannheimer ERC W.German 36 32 31 63 35 9 5 8 13 14
1985-86 Mannheimer ERC W.German 35 32 33 65 66 3 0 2 2 0
1986-87 Mannheimer ERC W.German 36 32 33 59 60 10 10 2 12 0
1987-88 Mannheimer ERC W.German 36 21 29 50 40 8 4 9 13 8
1988-89 Mannheimer ERC W.German 36 32 17 49 30 9 3 11 14 6
1989-90 Mannheimer ERC W.German 36 11 23 34 22 3 2 2 4 2
1990-91 HC Bolzano Italy 2 1 1 2 0
NHL Totals 9 0 0 0 4


Brother of Mark
Centennial Cup All-Star Team (1975)