OTTAWA -- NHL Hall of Famer Mark Messier couldn't stop the tears, or the lump from forming in his throat, as he and two other hockey greats were honoured Monday for their contributions to the game.
The six-time Stanley Cup winner and perennial all-star broke down as he spoke of the national pride he felt as a young boy watching fellow Order of Hockey in Canada recipient Paul Henderson score the goal that sealed Canada's hockey supremacy over the Soviet Union in the 1972 Summit Series.
"As an 11-year-old boy who was playing hockey, to get that kind of opportunity to feel what real national pride is all about through the game of hockey, obviously inspired me, not only as a hockey player, but to one day wear that sweater," Messier said.


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