Around The ECHL: Messier Signs With Charlotte

Lyon Messier, the son of Hockey Hall of Famer Mark Messier, has signed a tryout agreement with the Charlotte Checkers.

Messier had been in the training camps of both the New York Rangers and Hartford Wolfpack.  The 21-year-old defenseman split last season between teams in the WHL, OHL and USHL.

Additionally, former Wheeling Nailers and ECHL All-Star defenseman Paul Bissonnette became the 356th player to play in the National Hockey League after playing in the ECHL when he made his NHL debut with the Pittsburgh Penguins in their 4-3 overtime win against the Ottawa Senators on Saturday in Stockholm, Sweden.

The Welland, Ontario native, who also played for the Penguins in their 3-1 loss to Ottawa on Sunday, played his first three seasons with the Nailers where he had 69 points (16g-53a) and 162 penalty minutes in 101 games. He also played in the American Hockey League where he had 14 points (4g-10a) and 211 penalty minutes in 104 regular season games and 11 penalty minutes in seven playoff games for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. Selected in the fourth round (121st overall) by Pittsburgh in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, the 23 year old was selected to the 2007 ECHL All-Star Game when he had 42 points (10g-32a) and 115 penalty minutes in 65 games for Wheeling.

The have been 100 former ECHL players who have gone on to play in the NHL in the last four seasons, including a record 47 in 2005-06, and there were 333 former ECHL players on NHL training camp rosters, including 139 who played in the league last season.

Bissonnette news courtesy of an ECHL press release

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com

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