Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Joby Messier
Joby Messier was a member of the prestigious Notre Dame Hounds of the SJHL in 1987-88, playing 53 games and scoring 31 points. He also collected five points in five games during the Centennial Cup championships and was named a tournament All-Star.

Messier enrolled at Michigan State University, following in his older brother Mitch's footsteps. He played for the Spartans for four years and was a CCHA First All-Star Team selection in his senior year in 1991-92. After his sophomore year, Messier was selected by the New York Rangers in the 1989 NHL Entry Draft, 118th overall. During his time with the Spartans some of his teammates included; Rod Brind'Amour, Kip Miller, Jason Woolley, Bryan Smolinski and Rem Murray.

Following the completion of his collegiate playing days, Messier joined the Rangers for eleven games in 1992-93. He also dressed for 60 games with the Binghamton Rangers of the AHL, scoring five goals and 21 points. He played four more games with the Rangers the following year, picking up two assists and was inserted into the lineup for ten games in 1994-95.

Messier, whose brother Mitch also played in the NHL, and is also the cousin of Mark Messier, was signed as a free agent by the New York Islanders on September 5, 1995 but missed the entire season recovering from a knee injury sustained in training camp. He then missed a good portion of the 1996-97 season recovering from an automobile accident on August 23, 1996. That same accident killed a man and a woman and ended the playing career of his brother, who sustained serious neck and head injuries.

The injury bug seemed to follow Messier wherever he went during his professional career. On November 8, 1997 he too suffered a career-ending head injury while playing for the Long Beach Ice Dogs of the IHL in a game against Las Vegas.

In 25 NHL games with the Rangers, Messier had four assists and 24 minutes in penalties.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1987-88 Notre Dame Hounds SJHL 53 9 22 31 208
1987-88 Notre Dame Hounds Cen-Cup 5 2 3 5
1988-89 Michigan State Spartans CCHA 39 2 10 12 66
1989-90 Michigan State Spartans CCHA 42 1 11 12 58
1990-91 Michigan State Spartans CCHA 39 5 11 16 71
1991-92 Michigan State Spartans CCHA 41 13 15 28 81
1992-93 New York Rangers NHL 11 0 0 0 6 0
1992-93 Binghamton Rangers AHL 60 5 16 21 63 14 1 1 2 6
1993-94 New York Rangers NHL 4 0 2 2 0 -1
1993-94 Binghamton Rangers AHL 42 6 14 20 58
1994-95 New York Rangers NHL 10 0 2 2 18 +2
1994-95 Binghamton Rangers AHL 25 2 9 11 36 1 0 0 0 0
1995-96 New York Islanders NHLMGNT
1996-97 Utah Grizzlies IHL 44 6 20 26 41 7 0 1 1 10
1997-98 Long Beach Ice Dogs IHL 24 0 3 3 45 -5
NHL Totals 25 0 4 4 24


Brother of Mitch
Centennial Cup All-Star Team (1988)
CCHA First All-Star Team (1992)
NCAA West First All-American Team (1992)
Signed as a free agent by NY Islanders, September 5, 1995.
Missed entire 1995-96 recovering from knee injury in training camp, September 26, 1995.
Missed majority of 1996-97 due to injuries suffered in automobile accident, August 23, 1996.
Suffered eventual career-ending concussion in game vs. Las Vegas (IHL), November 8, 1997.
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