ShotLeft RoleIce hockey player Career end2004 NameEric Messier Career start1995
Playing career1995–2004 Weight91 kg NHL DraftUndrafted Height1.88 m PositionWinger
BornOctober 29, 1973 (age 42)
Drummondville, QC, CAN (1973-10-29) Played forColorado Avalanche
Florida Panthers EducationUniversite du Quebec a Trois-Rivieres (1994–1995)
2000-01 Round 4/Game 5: Martin Brodeur Robs Eric Messier
Éric Messier (born October 29, 1973) is a Canadian former defenceman in the National Hockey League. He played in the NHL for the Colorado Avalanche and Florida Panthers. He is not related in any way to Hall of Famer Mark Messier.
Messier played in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League for the Trois-Rivières Draveurs and then the Sherbrooke Faucons after the Draveurs relocated to Sherbrooke. He signed with the Colorado Avalanche as a free agent in 1995 and was assigned to the AHL's Cornwall Aces for one season before Messier and all Avalanche players assigned to the Aces were transferred to the Hershey Bears as the Aces folded. Messier would go on to win the Calder Cup in 1997 with the Bears. Messier was called up to the main roster in that season for the first time and played 21 games. He went on to play seven seasons for the Avalanche, playing a total of 385 regular season games and 72 playoff games, ultimately winning the Stanley Cup with Colorado in 2001. In 2003, Messier was traded to the Florida Panthers with Vaclav Nedorost for Peter Worrell and Florida's 2nd round pick in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft. He played 21 games for the Panthers but suffered a wrist injury that eventually ended his hockey career.