Messier was a total drag on the Rags his second go round, but he did play a huge roll in getting them the cup, fvck he was a big part of sending us packing that year during their run. I guess I just don't really care about what guys act like off the ice as much as I do on the ice. Through the company I work for we had the opportunity to attend some of the bigger off ice charity functions they do like the Garden of Dreams/Casino night whatever and he was one of the most outgoing fan/kid friendly guy there. As we all know NHL'ers are generally some of the nicest guys in sports. I'm sure he's a cocky guy as well but he's kind of earned it, the guy was a leader and a big contributor to many cups. Yes of course being surrounded by great players in Edmonton helped, I wouldn't say the same thing about the Rags though.
A guy I work with went to school with with Darren Blake who started out as a travel coordinator for the Rags originally on an internship at MSG. The day they traded for Gretzky they sent Darren to pick him up at the airport. For the last 15-20+ years he's been 99's partner on some of Gretzky's smaller business interests but his primary role is being Wayne and Janet's glorified gopher. He lives in one of there guest houses out in LA on the same property as WG. When you ask Darren is Wayne really as nice of a guy as he always comes across the answer is most of the time but he can be a real jerk to people at times too. I think when you reach that level there's definitely a sense of entitlement, some guys handle it better than others.