Mark Messier, the Bronx, and the Kingsbridge National Ice Center

Pat Leonard, writing for the NY Daily 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 entire project simultaneously sounds too good to be true and impossible. But then again, so did winning a cup in '94, right?

(Feel free to use that one, Mark. It's on the house.)