Messier is CEO for new ice center in Bronx

The Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) -- Mark Messier is the new chief executive officer of the Kingsbridge National Ice Center in the Bronx, which when constructed will be the world's largest ice sports facility.

Messier, a Hockey Hall of Famer who captained the New York Rangers to the 1994 Stanley Cup title, will oversee the center's development and operation, including its free educational and sports programs for youngsters.

Backed also by Olympic figure skating champion Sarah Hughes, the 750,000 square-foot facility will feature nine year-round indoor rinks, including three Olympic- and six NHL-sized rinks.

The center, expected to open in 2017, will have at least two rinks that will be compatible for sled hockey for people with disabilities. The facility will feature hockey, figure skating, speed skating, synchronized skating, ice dancing and curling.

Messier was a six-time Stanley Cup champion during his 25-year NHL career.

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