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THURSDAY, JAN. 23, 2014, 11:29 P.M.

Messier stands as rare trade acquisition

It can no longer be said that the Spokane Chiefs and Tri-City Americans refuse to work a deal. New Chief Marcus Messier is proof of that. Read story

Here are a few other things Messier said.

On settling in Spokane: "It’s been pretty good and everybody’s been pretty cool to me. It’s a lot bigger city, so I think that’s a lot different. I got into a routine during my four years in Tri-City."

On playing for "the enemy:" "I think it kind of gets to a place where you can put that behind you and look at the good side. … Really, it’s all about fun and fair competition."

On leaving Tri-City behind: "I met some amazing friends (in Kennewick). It’s a small world, the hockey world, and we’ll see Tri-City seven (now six) more times this year. Some of my best buddies are over there."

On his family’s reaction to the trade: "My older brother played for Don (Nachbaur) and had nothing but good things to say about Don. My parents are huge fans of his. ... Some people have trouble getting past Tri-City-Spokane rivalry, but really it’s just two teams trying to do their best."

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