Mark Messier may have famously helped the Rangers win the Stanley Cup, but now the hockey legend says he feels like he’s being sent to the penalty box while trying to bring the world’s largest ice-skating complex to The Bronx.
The former Rangers captain told The Post that he’s baffled over the city “reneging” on its commitment to turn over the lease to the long-shuttered Kingsbridge Armory to his development team so it can begin construction.
“I couldn’t guess what the mayor is thinking. I’ve laid up many nights wondering why,” Messier said.
The project was approved in the final days of the Bloomberg administration in 2013 — and recently stalled by Mayor Bill de Blasio and the city’s Economic Development Corp., which said it wanted to see the money first
But Messier said his project team — including developer Kevin Parker and Olympic figure-skating gold-medal winner Sarah Hughes — needs the lease first to move ahead with its $350 million plan and keep the capital flowing.