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The game will miss these hockey greats

Updated: September 15, 2005, 3:27 PM ET
By John Buccigross | Special to ESPN.com

Four future Hall of Famers retired this month. I've had the honor to interview them all throughout the years. Since we have four to talk about, this column will go to overtime this week. We will bring this column back in three years, when this "Big Four" enter the Hockey Hall of Fame together.

First Period -- Mark Messier

I was among a throng of reporters interviewing Mark Messier two Februarys ago at the NHL All-Star Game in St. Paul, Minn. As I stood next to the hockey legend, what ...

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