Why is a Rag [in reference to Mark Messier] your all-time favorite player?
Well, Meghann, I should start by clarifying comments I made. Mark Messier is my favorite all-time player to not play for the Caps. I've always respected Messier's physical efforts, hard work, and borderline dirty play. He always seemed to me to be one of the best leaders of all time, and the new Messier Award seeks to encourage others to live up to his on-ice example. Do I need to remind everyone that Messier won two cups without Gretzky, but that Gretzky never won the Cup without Messier?