By Annie Fowler | Tri-City Herald
Marcus Messier is in his fourth year with the Tri-City Americans, but tonight will be his first Teddy Bear Toss game.
Messier’s first three season he watched from the stands either injured or a healthy scratch. Two years ago, he watched as his older brother Jordan scored the teddy bear goal 11:58 into the game in a 4-3 shootout win over Everett.
And in the spirit of sibling rivalry, Messier would like to score the first goal tonight — and quicker than his brother did.
“It’s only fair. I’d love to have that settled,” Messier said. “It seems Jordan and I are always battling over something. Especially when he went 40th overall (in the 2007 WHL bantam draft) and I went 41st (in 2009). He’s always telling me ‘couldn’t quite crack the top 40 could you?’ I have to find a way to beat him.
“It’s really tough to watch from the stands, so I’m really excited to be a part of it. It would be a crazy feeling if I were the one lucky enough to get that one.”
Tonight is the Americans’ 13th annual Teddy Bear Toss game. Over the last 12 years, the Americans are 10-1-0-0 with one tie. The lone loss was an 8-4 setback to Seattle last year.