Messier a beast even at 18
Melrose talks about his one-time teammate and future Hall of Famer Mark Messier.
Messier was just 18 years old at the time, but it was obvious even then that he would be a power forward. He was a great physical specimen, with huge, broad shoulders, and he was strong as a bull. He also had the good fortune to be taken under the wing of Bryan Watson, a veteran of the NHL. Watson taught Messier how to be a professional and imbued in him a lot of the qualities that made him such a great locker room leader.
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