There isn't enough I can say about this guy, my favorite athlete of all time. It feels like just yesterday the Rangers were on the verge of winning the Stanley Cup for the first time in 54 years (yes, the Rangers used to make the playoffs, isn't it shocking?), and Mess was the catalyst. He took a lot of criticism from the New York media for bombing the season before, when the Rangers had the best record in all of hockey, but it is Broadway after all. What I found amazing about the guy was his ultimate will to win at all costs. He could pass, shoot (one of the most wicked wristers off the wing you will ever see), deliver lethal (sometimes illegal) checks, and be the vocal leader for every member of the team. Mess is back in New York now for his 22nd year in pro-hockey, and it seems as if every year should be his last. The guy is our generation's Gordie Howe, and pretty soon he will have more points than any other player not named Gretzky. Six titles, two MVP awards, 14 All-Star appearances, and the only man to captain two different teams to the Cup. This is the guy that carried the Oilers to the Cup in 1990 when most experts believed they were doomed without Gretzky, then traded to LA. So what if he dated Madonna. No one's perfect.

Only NHL player to captain two different Stanley Cup winners: 1994 Rangers and 1990 Oilers. Member of five Oilers' teams that won the Stanley Cup. Had a hat trick in Game 6 of the 1994 Conference Finals and the Game 7 game-winner in the Stanley Cup Finals. Two-time winner of Hart Memorial Trophy as regular-season MVP. Won 1984 Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP. Twice won Lester B. Pearson Award as NHL's outstanding player. Four-time first-team All Star. Played in 14 NHL All Star games. Entered 2000-01 as NHL's current leader with 627 goals (sixth-best in NHL history), 1,087 assists and 1,714 points. Is NHL's fourth-leading points scorer of all-time. Second all-time in playoff points with 295. All-time leader with 236 playoff games.