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Legendary center Mark Messier once said, "I haven't celebrated coming in second too many times." That's because he didn't have time to be second. As a teammate of Wayne Gretzky in Edmonton, Messier collected four Stanley Cups and a Conn Smythe Trophy. After Gretzky left for LA, Messier became the captain of the Oilers and in 1990 led the team to its fifth Cup. Messier eventually left for the New York Rangers, and in 1994 captained the Blue Shirts to their first Cup in 54 years. Messier ranks second all time in playoff points with 295, nearly 100 points behind Gretzky.

Text: Lauren Shute
Photo: Bob Rosato/Sports Illustrated

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