March 2, 1970 |
Regina, SK, CAN
|Height||6 ft 1 in (185 cm)|
|Weight||200 lb (91 kg; 14 st 4 lb)|
|Played for||New York Rangers|
|NHL Draft||118th overall, 1989
New York Rangers
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.
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.
Joby and his wife, Kim, have two children Max and Ashley.
Awards and honours
Messier was a Member of the 1994 Stanley Cup Champion New York Rangers. In 60 games playing for the Binghamton Rangers of the AHL, he had a +59, which is still the plus/minus record in the American Hockey League (AHL). Joby accepted a full athletic scholarship Michigan State University 1988-1992 and was Captain of Michigan State University hockey team 1991-92. While still in high school; Joby was Assistant Captain of 1988 SJHL Centennial Cup Champions Notre Dame Hounds and was selected to the Centennial Cup All-Star Team 1987-1988. In 2013, the 1987-88 Notre Dame Hounds were inducted into the SJHL Hall of Fame.
|All-CCHA First Team||1991–92|
|AHCA West First-Team All-American||1991–92|
|Awards and achievements|
|CCHA Best Defensive Defenseman
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