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Oilers captain Wayne Gretzky playfully interviews two of his most notable teammates — future Hall of Famers Paul Coffey and Mark Messier, after a 1982 game. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

GALLERY: Rare Photos of Wayne Gretzky

Oilers captain Wayne Gretzky playfully interviews two of his most notable teammates — future Hall of Famers Paul Coffey and Mark Messier, after a 1982 game. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
GALLERY: Rare Photos of Wayne Gretzky

Mark Messier wishes everyone a Merry Christmas. Now can we please bring back hockey? (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

GALLERY: Athletes in Santa Costumes

Mark Messier wishes everyone a Merry Christmas. Now can we please bring back hockey? (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
GALLERY: Athletes in Santa Costumes

Members of the Edmonton Oilers — Bill Ranford, Esa Tikkanen, Mark Messier, Wayne Gretzky and Kevin Lowe — celebrate after defeating the Bruins for the 1988 Stanley Cup championship. (David E. Klutho/SI)

GALLERY: Rare Photos of Wayne Gretzky 

Members of the Edmonton Oilers — Bill Ranford, Esa Tikkanen, Mark Messier, Wayne Gretzky and Kevin Lowe — celebrate after defeating the Bruins for the 1988 Stanley Cup championship. (David E. Klutho/SI)
GALLERY: Rare Photos of Wayne Gretzky 

Mark Messier is all smiles as he accepts the 1994 Stanley Cup from NHL Commisioner Gary Bettman. The Rangers ended their record 54-year championship drought by defeating the Canucks in seven games. The year’s Rangers squad has a seventh game of their own on Thursday night when they face off against Ottawa at Madison Square Garden. (John Biever/SI)

SI VAULT: Rangers, Canucks face off in memorable series (6.20.94)

Mark Messier is all smiles as he accepts the 1994 Stanley Cup from NHL Commisioner Gary Bettman. The Rangers ended their record 54-year championship drought by defeating the Canucks in seven games. The year’s Rangers squad has a seventh game of their own on Thursday night when they face off against Ottawa at Madison Square Garden. (John Biever/SI)
SI VAULT: Rangers, Canucks face off in memorable series (6.20.94)

Mark Messier turns 51 today. The 15-time all-star won five Stanley Cups as a member of the Edmonton Oilers (including the 1988 championship pictured above) and one as a member of the New York Rangers. In all, Messier played 25 seasons and collected 694 goals and 1,886 points, second all-time to Wayne Gretzky (2,857). (David E. Klutho/SI)

SI VAULT: Messier, the No. 2 Oiler, is among top left wings (2.21.83)

Mark Messier turns 51 today. The 15-time all-star won five Stanley Cups as a member of the Edmonton Oilers (including the 1988 championship pictured above) and one as a member of the New York Rangers. In all, Messier played 25 seasons and collected 694 goals and 1,886 points, second all-time to Wayne Gretzky (2,857). (David E. Klutho/SI)
SI VAULT: Messier, the No. 2 Oiler, is among top left wings (2.21.83)

Mark Messier is ready for Christmas. Are you?

GALLERY: Athletes in Santa Claus Outfits

Mark Messier is ready for Christmas. Are you?
GALLERY: Athletes in Santa Claus Outfits