Messier Signs Autograph Deal with Upper Deck

Upper Deck has signed former hockey star Mark Messier to an multi-year contract, in which he will represent the company’s line of NHL trading cards.

Mark Messier will be featured in Upper Deck products with autographed cards and on packaging. The announcement comes as the retired veteran is waiting for induction into the NHL’s Hall Of Fame as a member of the 2007 class. Messier’s first autographed cards will appear in Upper Deck Artifacts Hockey.

Messier, known as “Moose” on the ice to his devoted fans, spent more than two decades in the National Hockey League from 1978 through 2004 playing alongside Wayne Gretzky with the Edmonton Oilers and New York Rangers during part of his long career. Messier was a part of seven Stanley Cup champions.

“Messier was an integral player on each of his respective teams; however, he may be best known for his revival of the New York Rangers as he led them to their first Stanley Cup Championship in 54 years during the 1993-94 campaign,” commented Karvin Cheung, Hockey Product Manager for Upper Deck.

“I am excited to work with Upper Deck again," said Messier. “Growing up as a kid, trading cards were always part of the culture of the game. It is great to see Upper Deck has remained committed to furthering this heritage."