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.

The NHL's All-Time Greatest Duos

A horse, a horse, my Saddledome for a horse. The Calgary Flames, as rendered by epoole88. Check out Eric Poole's work at epoole88.tumblr.com

Our good friend (Eric Poole) is getting ready for the upcoming season with cartoon renderings of each team. This is the Calgary Flames.

@edmontonjournal's photo: "Mark Messier, left, and Wayne Gretzky at the 1984 Edmonton Oilers Stanley Cup team reunion media conference at Rexall place in Edmonton on Oct. 8, 2014. Photo by Bruce Edwards / Edmonton Journal #oilers #Oilers84 #oilersreunion #gretzky #messier #hockey #nhl #yeg #edmonton #alberta #canada"

photo: "Mark Messier, left, and Wayne Gretzky at the 1984 Edmonton Oilers Stanley Cup team reunion media conference at Rexall place in Edmonton on Oct. Photo by Bruce Edwards / Edmonton Journal

Lowe, Messier, and Kuri - Edmonton Oilers

Mark Messier & the celebrate the franchise's Stanley Cup championship

Mark Messier ranks second all-time in the NHL in career points (1,887) (to Wayne Gretzky), and in games played (1,756) (to Gordie Howe). NHL career statistics: 1,756 games played, 694 goals and 1,193 assists for 1,887 points, plus 1,910 penalty minutes. Inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2007.

Mark Messier ranks second all-time in the NHL in career points (to Wayne Gretzky), and in games played (to Gordie Howe). NHL career statistics: games played, 694 goals and assists for points, plus penalty minutes. Inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in

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Gretzky quote on hockey

A good hockey player plays where the puck is. A great hockey player plays where the puck is going to be.

Ryan Smyth of the Edmonton Oilers makes a play against the Dallas Stars during a NHL showcase pre-season game at the Cox Convention Center i...

Ryan Smyth of the Edmonton Oilers makes a play against the Dallas Stars during a NHL showcase pre-season game at the Cox Convention Center i.

Edmonton Oilers | Fallen Leafs

Edmonton Oilers LW: Ryan Smyth C: Wayne Gretzky RW: Jari Kurri D: Kevin Lowe D: Paul Coffey G: Grant Fuhr Introducing its visitors as “The City of Champions”, Edmonton is currently home to the only.

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