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Wayne Gretzky wipes a tear during a news conference announcing his trade from the Edmonton Oilers to the Los Angeles Kings on August 9, 1988. (Ray Giguere/AP)

GALLERY: Rare Photos of Wayne Gretzky

Wayne Gretzky wipes a tear during a news conference announcing his trade from the Edmonton Oilers to the Los Angeles Kings on August 9, 1988. (Ray Giguere/AP)
GALLERY: Rare Photos of Wayne Gretzky

Wayne Gretzky grabs a quick meal at a McDonald’s in Sault Ste. Marie during a 1978 photo shoot. (Lane Stewart/SI)

GALLERY: Rare Photos of Wayne Gretzky

Wayne Gretzky grabs a quick meal at a McDonald’s in Sault Ste. Marie during a 1978 photo shoot. (Lane Stewart/SI)
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

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

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 

Wayne Gretzky maneuvers around the net during Game 3 of the 1983 Stanley Cup Finals between the Oilers and Islanders. New York would go onto win the game 5-1 and sweep the series. (Paul J. Bereswill/SI)

GALLERY:  Classic Photos of Wayne Gretzky | Longest Stanley Cup Droughts

Wayne Gretzky maneuvers around the net during Game 3 of the 1983 Stanley Cup Finals between the Oilers and Islanders. New York would go onto win the game 5-1 and sweep the series. (Paul J. Bereswill/SI)
GALLERY:  Classic Photos of Wayne Gretzky | Longest Stanley Cup Droughts

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

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 operates from his “office” behind Grant Fuhr during a 1988 Kings-Oilers game. The Kings are one win away from their first Stanley Cup appearance since 1993, when Gretzky captained the team. (David E. Klutho/SI) 

MUIR: Coyotes still alive but Kings deserve plenty of credit
GALLERY: Rare Photos of Wayne Gretzky

Wayne Gretzky operates from his “office” behind Grant Fuhr during a 1988 Kings-Oilers game. The Kings are one win away from their first Stanley Cup appearance since 1993, when Gretzky captained the team. (David E. Klutho/SI) 
MUIR: Coyotes still alive but Kings deserve plenty of creditGALLERY: Rare Photos of Wayne Gretzky

Today is Wayne Gretzky’s 51st birthday. In this 1981 photo, Gretzky poses in his Edmonton home with sticks, helmet, equipment, and other products he endorses. (Paul Kennedy/SI)

GALLERY: Rare Photos of Wayne Gretzky
SI VAULT: Gretzky, 17, tearing up Edmonton (12.11.78)

Today is Wayne Gretzky’s 51st birthday. In this 1981 photo, Gretzky poses in his Edmonton home with sticks, helmet, equipment, and other products he endorses. (Paul Kennedy/SI)
GALLERY: Rare Photos of Wayne GretzkySI VAULT: Gretzky, 17, tearing up Edmonton (12.11.78)

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


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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)

Wayne Gretzky, who won the 1982 Sportsman of the Year Award, fires a slapshot during a 1981 preseason game against Calgary. (Paul Kennedy/SI)

SI VAULT: Gretzky wins 1982 Sportsman of the Year Award (12.27.82)

Wayne Gretzky, who won the 1982 Sportsman of the Year Award, fires a slapshot during a 1981 preseason game against Calgary. (Paul Kennedy/SI)
SI VAULT: Gretzky wins 1982 Sportsman of the Year Award (12.27.82)