John Messuri

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John Messuri
Born (1966-08-22) August 22, 1966 (age 47)
Arlington, MA, USA
Height 5 ft 8 in (173 cm)
Weight 175 lb (79 kg; 12 st 7 lb)
Position Right Wing
Shot Left
Played for Johnstown Chiefs
Flint Bulldogs
Maine Mariners
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 1989–1993

John Messuri (born August 22, 1966) is an American former professional ice hockey forward.

College[edit]

Messuri played his college hockey at Princeton University, where he was the leading scorer in each of his four seasons and currently is the Princeton Tigers' all-time leading scorer.[1]

Professional[edit]

Messuri spent his first two seasons with the Johnstown Chiefs of the East Coast Hockey League, where he led the team in points in both the 1989-90 season (72 points) and the 1990-91 season (90 points). He also had a brief recall with the Chiefs' AHL affiliate, the Maine Mariners. Despite only playing two seasons and only 116 games with the Chiefs, Messuri's 162 points is the tenth-highest total in Chiefs' history.

Messuri later signed with the Flint Bulldogs of the Colonial Hockey League, where he played on a team with former teammates Quintin Brickley, Lee Odelein, E.J. Sauer, Jason Simon and former Chiefs forward Tom Sasso, who had played in Johnstown the prior to Messuri's arrival. He played two seasons for the Bulldogs, scoring 57 points in 51 games, and retired after the 1992-93 season.

Coaching[edit]

Messuri was hired on as the coach of the Winchester (MA) Sachems at the start of the 1994-95 season. At the time of Messuri's hiring, the Winchester team had only two games in a season once since 1975 and was in the middle of a 100 game inter-league losing streak. Although Winchester only won six games in his first year as coach, his team qualified for the state tournament in 1996-97. Messuri's teams would win the Massachusetts Division 1 State Championship during the 1997-98 and 1999-2000 seasons.[2] After 15 years of coaching, Messuri retired after the 2009-10.[3] His replacement was Matt Spang, a player that Messuri had previously coached. He now coaches at the Arlington High School where he played in high school and the team went 5-10-5 last season under his direction.

Along with his brothers Mike, Dave and Tony, John runs the Messuri Skating And Skills Hockey Camp.

Awards and honors[edit]

Award Year
All-ECAC Hockey Second Team 1986–87
All-ECAC Hockey First Team 1987–88
  • 1985-86, ECAC/IVY, Rookie of the Year
  • 1988-89, ECAC/IVY, Player of the Year
  • 1985-89, Hobey Baker Finalist
  • 1985-86, Leading scorer (tie), Princeton Tigers
  • 1986-87, Leading scorer, Princeton Tigers
  • 1987-88, Leading scorer, Princeton Tigers
  • 1988-89, Leading scorer, Princeton Tigers
  • 1989-90, Leading scorer, Johnstown Chiefs
  • 1990-91, Leading scorer, Johnstown Chiefs
  • 1997-98, Division 1 Coach of the Year
  • 1997-98, Division 1 State Champion (Coach)
  • 1999-00, Division 1 Coach of the Year
  • 1999-00, Division 1 State Champion (Coach)

References[edit]

  1. ^ MessuriSkills.com: Instructors Page (John Messuri)
  2. ^ "John Messuri '89 builds a dynasty". Princeton.edu. 2000-05-17. Retrieved 2011-03-07. 
  3. ^ Sapna Pathak (2010-12-30). "For Sachems’ coach, it feels like full circle". Boston.com. Retrieved 2011-03-07. 

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Joe Nieuwendyk
ECAC Hockey Rookie of the Year
1985–86
Succeeded by
John Fletcher