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This is Mark Messier's 1997 NHL All-Star Game Eastern Conference game-worn jersey. The NHL's second all-time leading scorer wore this shirt during the second period of the game on January 18, 1997 in San Jose, California in which the Eastern Conference defeated the Western Conference 11-7. It was the 12th out of a total of 15 All-Star games in Mark's career. The game happened to fall on Mark's 36th birthday and also marked the first and last time that Mark Messier, Wayne Gretzky and Mario Lemieux played together after the 1987 Canada Cup. The jersey shows light use with a large stick mark across the front hem, and two large clusters of stick marks on the left sleeve. It has the Rangers logo stitched onto the left shoulder and the 1997 All-Star Game logo stitched onto the right shoulder. The jersey is also autographed inside the jersey on the back of the crest. It originated with an NHLPA executive and has a COA and a photo COA from the Meigray Group.

The serial number stamped inside the fight strap indicates that this shirt was worn during the second period of the game, when Messier recorded two points (one goal and one assist). At the 1:56 mark of the second period Messier and Robert Svehla assisted on Mark Recchi's second of three goals, which eventually earned him MVP honors. Later in the period, at the 8:45 mark, Messier recorded the game-winning goal (his 4th career NHL all-star goal) with assists from Kevin Hatcher and Daniel Alfredsson.

This jersey is now photo matched to the stick mark on the front hem to an action shot from the game.

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Photos of Messier in this jersey:

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