Mark Messier, who was team captain the last time the New York Rangers won the Stanley Cup in 1994, is interested in becoming their new coach, the New York Daily News reported without saying where it got the information.
Messier, 52, a Hall of Fame player, has never coached at a professional level, though he coached Team Canada at two international tournaments. He has been a special assistant for the Rangers since August 2009.
The Rangers fired coach John Tortorella on May 29 after the team lost in the second round of the National Hockey League playoffs.
Messier, a 15-time All-Star during an NHL career that lasted from 1979-2004, helped lead the Edmonton Oilers to five Stanley Cup titles in 1984, 1985, 1987, 1988 and 1990. Wayne Gretzky was on the first four of those championship teams.
Messier played with the Rangers in 1991-97 and 2000-04.
To contact the reporter on this story: Rob Gloster in San Francisco at firstname.lastname@example.org
To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Sillup at email@example.com