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The NHL's All-Time Greatest Duos

The smolderingly intense Messier and the otherworldly, cerebral Gretzky were the cornerstones of the Oilers teams that won four Stanley Cups in five years (1984-88). With Gretzky routinely shattering scoring records, Messier's edgy ''win-or-else'' leadership gave Edmonton the grit and fire it needed to become a dynasty. Though the Great One was famously traded to Los Angeles in 1988, the duo was later reunited for a season with the New York Rangers in 1996-97.

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from ca.hellomagazine.com

10 surprising facts about NHL legend Mark Messier

NHL legend Mark Messier

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from BuzzFeed

The 30 Most Iconic Sports Photographs Of All Time

Mark Messier Raises The Stanley Cup Ending The New York Rangers 54-Year Draught

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from Parade of Novelties Sports

Mark Messier Oilers Jersey Retirement Ceremony 11x17 Photo w/ '2-27-07' Insc

Mark Messier Oilers Jersey Retirement Ceremony 11x17 Photo w/ '2-27-07' Insc.

It's a wonderful pic. Captain Mark Messier accepting the Stanley Cup from the NHL commissioner, ending the 54-year championship drought for the New York Rangers. Pure joy. But I don't think I've ever seen a photograph of this moment in which Gary Bettman was so ... noticeable.

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Mark Messier celebrates with his 1994 New York Rangers teammates, including Brian Noonan and Glenn Healy after winning the Stanley Cup

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