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It's a tough game, and you never want to take ...
by Mark Messier

It's a tough game, and you never want to take that aspect out of the game.
- Mark Messier

The only pressure I'm under is the pressure I've put on myself.
- Mark Messier

There was a time there in the mid '80s to the '90s
there that we played six finals,
three Canada Cups, we were playing hockey almost 10
months a year for a long time there.
- Mark Messier

We had built up a team in Edmonton that really knew
who each other was from a personal standpoint and from
a professional standpoint.
Our nucleus had stayed together for a long time.
- Mark Messier

 

Like I said, a 30-year-old hockey player,
even when I came to New York when I was 30,
I was on the downside of my career, pretty much the end of my career.
- Mark Messier

But I just think as a captain, everybody's different.
- Mark Messier

Coaching really is an individual philosophy.
- Mark Messier

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I just think overall a lot of it has to do with conditioning
and players putting in the time and the effort in the
off-season to keep themselves in condition for 12 months a year.
- Mark Messier

You always really have to remain consistent in your beliefs and philosophy.
- Mark Messier

I've never really spent a lot of time thinking about
my individual accomplishments actually.
- Mark Messier

I think the thing you always got to keep in mind,
you know, hockey is a game of one-on-one battles.
- Mark Messier

My jersey hanging from the ceiling is going to be a
symbol of the hard work of the people I played with.
- Mark Messier

When you play long enough, everybody goes through spells
and streaks and slumps of some nature.
I think it's just one of the those things where you
have to play yourself out of it.
- Mark Messier

I think now what you're seeing is guys that are in
the peaks of their careers anywhere from 27 to 35 years old,
seems to be when they play their best hockey.
- Mark Messier

I was assistant in Edmonton with Wayne as captain,
and Kevin Lowe was the other assistant.
- Mark Messier

I think the idea of the obstruction through the neutral
zone and away from the puck was an excellent rule.
- Mark Messier

I would never say one was more important or more gratifying
than the next because there's a tremendous amount of work,
as you know, that goes into winning a cup.
- Mark Messier

I haven't celebrated coming in No.
2 too many times.
- Mark Messier

I think to compare any time you win a Stanley Cup would
be unfair to all the players from all the teams.
- Mark Messier

Obviously every one of them was special to that particular team,
all the people that were involved with it.
- Mark Messier

25 years later, you know, I haven't really put too
much emphasis on any kind of individual goal,
other than trying to win any particular night,
trying to find a way to do that.
- Mark Messier

Well, my transition into being a captain was easy.
- Mark Messier

Really the team often will take on the personality of its coach.
- Mark Messier

If I had to compare any of the two, I'd compare the first one in Edmonton,
the first one here in New York because it had been
so long in New York since we had won.
Obviously, being the first time to ever win the cup in Edmonton,
they were fairly similar in that regard.
- Mark Messier

I never was brought into the league thinking as far as,
you know, statistics, things like that.
We were really brought into the league in a team concept.
Everything was focused around winning.
- Mark Messier

When Wayne was traded, I became captain.
For me it really wasn't anything - I didn't do anything
or I didn't feel I had to do anything different than
what I had been doing all along.
- Mark Messier

As a captain, I think it's important that the players
really know who you are and what you stand for,
what your beliefs are, and to be consistent in those
if things are going good or things are going bad.
- Mark Messier

I played with a lot of great players before.
They're all the same.
They take a lot of responsibility for their own play,
put a lot of pressure on themselves to perform and to play well.
- Mark Messier

Hang tough... big girl panties today.
- Anonymous humor

When the going gets tough, the tough get going.
- Joseph P. Kennedy

Tough times never last but tough people do.
- Robert H. Schuller

Baseball life is a tough life on the family.
- Nolan Ryan

The measure of success is not whether you have a tough problem to deal with,
but whether it is the same problem you had last year.
- John Foster Dulles

Poetry is ordinary language raised to the Nth power.
Poetry is boned with ideas, nerved and blooded with emotions,
all held together by the delicate, tough skin of words.
- Paul Engle

It's tough to stay married.
My wife kisses the dog on the lips, yet she won't drink from my glass.
- Rodney Dangerfield

I'm from the streets of New York.
I know what tough talk sounds like.
- Aries Spears

It doesn't matter how successful you are in this business,
it's tough to get through the next door.
- Kevin Sorbo

I'd like to do things to make money to save myself
but right now I can't do nothing.
If they want to put me in jail, they can do that.
It's kind of tough.
- Manute Bol

I embrace everything about Ally...
I don't particularly see her as a whiner.
One week she's tough, the next she's really weak.
I love that.
She's human.
- Calista Flockhart

When you're on a series, it's tough to go on and do
something else afterward.
If you're smart, save your money and you can wait out the bad times,
until something else comes along.
- Michael Dorn

If you think you have it tough, read history books.
- Bill Maher

If you think your teacher is tough, wait until you get a boss.
He doesn't have tenure.
- Bill Gates

It's tough to break into this business -
now more so than ever.
- LeAnn Rimes

We have a pretty tough schedule coming up.
We have to stay strong mentally and must focus on getting better.
- Tony Parker

I'm aware if I'm playing at my best I'm tough to beat.
And I enjoy that.
- Tiger Woods

I'm no where as tough as my father.
I really think that I am more open to change than he was.
- A. J. Foyt

I know now that it is going to be a tough and long road ahead of me.
- Susan Smith

It was a mixed blessing to have famous parents.
It was tough to go to auditions and be bad,
since I couldn't be anonymous.
- Ben Stiller

To be in this business and have tremendous integrity
and only make distinguished choices is very tough.
- Alec Baldwin

Yeah, I play a lot of their games.
Going way back to Bulls vs.
Lakers to the later Live stuff, I go at it quite a bit.
More than anything tough, I play Madden.
- Jason Kidd

My grandmother was a very tough woman.
She buried three husbands and two of them were just napping.
- Rita Rudner

I came from a real tough neighborhood.
I put my hand in some cement and felt another hand.
- Rodney Dangerfield

I can be extremely vulnerable.
People are tough on me because they think I can handle it.
- Yancy Butler

Roddick can challenge him as well if he serves big
consistently for the entire match.
If he does that, then he is tough to break even for a guy like Federer.
- Richard Krajicek

Tone on jazz guitars is a real tough issue.
- Mark White

A Democrat has to show the toughness to govern.
People don't doubt that Republicans will be tough.
- Al From

Aggressive, tough and defiant may describe me,
but that leaves the impression I'm mean and I'm not.
People expect me to have fangs.
- Joan Jett

If you can work and if you're offered a job and you don't take it,
you cannot continue to claim benefits.
It will be extremely tough.
- David Cameron

I have been up against tough competition all my life.
I wouldn't know how to get along without it.
- Walt Disney

It's hard enough to get any movie made,
and when you take on these tough genres -
and I've done it a couple times -
it just makes the whole struggle more.
- Lawrence Kasdan

I've had a tough time learning how to act like a congressman.
Today I accidentally spent some of my own money.
- Joseph P. Kennedy

Then came the hostage crisis during which Carter did
nothing to rattle the ayatollahs who hung tough until
Ronald Reagan was inaugurated,
when they suddenly backed down.
- Alexander Haig

Locations are all tough, all miserable.
I never left the sound stage for 18 years at Warners.
We never went outside the studio, not even for big scenes.
- Bette Davis

We are succeeding in Iraq.
It's a tough struggle with setbacks,
but we are succeeding.
- Iyad Allawi

Because Islam in its original form was tough and hard,
not weak and pliable.
- Abu Bakar Bashir

Life is a matter of really tough choices.
- Joe Biden

You know, it's just tough to get together and do work with somebody.
- Chaka Khan

I understand everybody in this country doesn't agree
with the decisions I've made.
And I made some tough decisions.
But people know where I stand.
- George W. Bush

Tough times don't last, tough people do,
remember?
- Gregory Peck

Nobody who takes on anything big and tough can afford to be modest.
- Orson Welles

Tough love - I'm kind of weary of that.
I don't think it's so effective.
- Marguerite Moreau


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