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.
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.