NY Daily News: Mark Messier’s Hockey Rink Grows in Kingsbridge

November 11, 2013 10:03 am In the News

Think of Mark Messier’s NHL career, the enormity and transcendence of it all, specifically here in New York City, and then imagine a building just as colossal but potentially even more transformative for the five boroughs and beyond.

Then take your first steps into the Kingsbridge Armory, a cavernous abandoned Bronx landmark just below West 195th St., and try to envision the nine ice rinks, the community center, the locker rooms and office space, the health and wellness facility planned for this building’s future, the 750,000-square-foot Kingsbridge National Ice Center (KNIC) set to open in 2017, pending approval of the Bronx Borough Board and City Council.

This is an exercise Messier often performs daily, as the center’s chief executive officer, on days when he isn’t working out of a temporary midtown office or taking the No. 4 express subway downtown to meet with members of city council, or commuting from his home in Greenwich.