Wayne Gretzky is all smiles as Bill Ranford, Esa Tikkanen, Mark Messier, and Kevin Lowe look on after Edmonton defeated Boston in five games to claim the 1988 Stanley Cup. This year’s Kings squad are one win away from a championship and could become the first No. 8 seed to win a Cup. They also have a chance to equal the 16-2 mark of the 1988 Oilers, the best mark since the NHL adopted the current format of four rounds of best-of-series. (David E. Klutho/SI)
FARBER: Making sense of the LA KingsCAZENEUVE: Devils focus on Game 4FARBER: Penner playing up to his size

Wayne Gretzky is all smiles as Bill Ranford, Esa Tikkanen, Mark Messier, and Kevin Lowe look on after Edmonton defeated Boston in five games to claim the 1988 Stanley Cup. This year’s Kings squad are one win away from a championship and could become the first No. 8 seed to win a Cup. They also have a chance to equal the 16-2 mark of the 1988 Oilers, the best mark since the NHL adopted the current format of four rounds of best-of-series. (David E. Klutho/SI)

FARBER: Making sense of the LA Kings
CAZENEUVE: Devils focus on Game 4
FARBER: Penner playing up to his size

These posters and hundreds more created by John and Tock Costacos are part of the “For the Kids” exhibit at the Country Club and Mondrian in Los Angeles. The brothers were originally T-shirt manufacturers, but started a side business creating “fantasy” sports posters that give professional sports heroes a larger-than-life look and appeal. Click on the link below for more posters from the exhibit. (Photos courtesy of the Costacos Brothers and Adam Shopkorn, New York) 

PHOTO GALLERY: Sports Posters From The 1980s

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)