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Mark Messier and his family watch as his No. 11 jersey is raised to the rafters at Madison Square Garden

Mark Messier Night

The New York Rangers retired Mark Messier's number on Jan. 12, 2006.

Former New York Rangers captain Mark Messier composes
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Former New York Rangers captain Mark Messier composes himself during a pre-game hockey ceremony to retire his No. 11 at New York's Madison Square Garden.

Former New York Rangers captain Mark Messier, center,
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Former New York Rangers captain Mark Messier, center, kisses the Stanley Cup as his family looks on as his No. 11 is retired and raised to the rafters during a pre-game ceremony at New York's Madison Square Garden. Messier led the Rangers to the Stanley Cup Championship in 1994.

Current NY Rangers team bang their sticks on
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Current NY Rangers team bang their sticks on the boards to applaud Mark Messier. The NY Rangers honored Messier by retiring his number before the Rangers-Edmonton Oilers game at Madison Square Garden.

Fans held signs during the ceremony. The NY
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Fans held signs during the ceremony. The NY Rangers honored Messier by retiring his number before the Rangers-Edmonton Oilers game at Madison Square Garden.

Adam Graves shakes hands with Mark Messier during
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Adam Graves shakes hands with Mark Messier during the ceremonies. The NY Rangers honored Messier by retiring his number before the Rangers-Edmonton Oilers game at Madison Square Garden.

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Fans at the ceremony. The NY Rangers honored
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Fans at the ceremony. The NY Rangers honored Mark Messier by retiring his number before the Rangers-Edmonton Oilers game at Madison Square Garden.

Former New York Rangers captain Mark Messier, center,
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Former New York Rangers captain Mark Messier, center, holding his son Douglas, looks up along with his family as his No. 11 is retired and raised to the rafters during a pre-game ceremony at New York's Madison Square Garden.

The 1994 NY Rangers team applauds Mark Messier.
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The 1994 NY Rangers team applauds Mark Messier. The NY Rangers honored Messier by retiring his number before the Rangers-Edmonton Oilers game at Madison Square Garden.

Mark Messier picks up his son Douglas Paul
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Mark Messier picks up his son Douglas Paul during cermonies. The NY Rangers honored Messier by retiring his number before the Rangers-Edmonton Oilers game at Madison Square Garden.

Dana Reeve, widow of actor Christopher Reeve, sings
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Dana Reeve, widow of actor Christopher Reeve, sings to Mark Messier. The New York Rangers honored Messier by retiring his number before the Rangers-Edmonton Oilers game at Madison Square Garden.

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Former New York Rangers captain Mark Messier, center,
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Former New York Rangers captain Mark Messier, center, reacts after he was presented with a fighting chair for fishing from former teammates Nick Kypreos, left, and Jeff Beukeboom during a ceremony to retire his No. 11 at New York's Madison Square Garden.

Mark Messier jokes with Jaromir Jagr #68 of
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Mark Messier jokes with Jaromir Jagr #68 of the New York Rangers after Jagr gave Messier a fishing pole from the current New York Rangers during a ceremony in which the Rangers retired Messier's #11 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

Mark Messier hugs Steve Larmer, a member of
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Mark Messier hugs Steve Larmer, a member of the 1994 New York Rangers Stanley Cup team, during a ceremony in which the Rangers retired Messier's #11 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

Mark Messier acknowledges the crowd at the beginning
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Mark Messier acknowledges the crowd at the beginning of a ceremony in which the Rangers retired his #11 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

Mark Messier and his son Douglas Paul are
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Mark Messier and his son Douglas Paul are shown on the big screen watching the #11 New York Rangers banner being raised to the rafters during a ceremony in which the Rangers retired Mark's #11 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

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Former New York Rangers captain Mark Messier acknowledges
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Former New York Rangers captain Mark Messier acknowledges the crowd during a pre-game ceremony to retire his No. 11 at New York's Madison Square Garden.

Mark Messier (2nd-R) poses with Mike Richter (L),
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Mark Messier (2nd-R) poses with Mike Richter (L), Rod Gilbert, and Ed Giacomin during the ceremony to retired his #11 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The four are the only members of the Rangers to have their number retired.

Mark Messier is surrounded by his family as
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Mark Messier is surrounded by his family as his banner is raised to the rafters during the ceremony to retired his #11 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

Mark Messier lifts his son Douglas Paul during
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Mark Messier lifts his son Douglas Paul during a ceremony in which the Rangers retired his #11 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

Mark Messier raises the Stanley Cup as his
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Mark Messier raises the Stanley Cup as his family cheers while the #11 New York Rangers banner is being raised during a ceremony to retire his #11 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

Former New York Rangers captain Mark Messier, center
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Former New York Rangers captain Mark Messier, center left, holding his son Douglas, looks up along with his family as his No. 11 is retired and raised to the rafters during a pre-game ceremony at New York's Madison Square Garden.

Edmonton Oiler Kevin Lowe points at Mark Messier
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Edmonton Oiler Kevin Lowe points at Mark Messier after ceremonies honoring Messier before the game.

Adam Graves talks about Mark Messier during ceremonies.
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Adam Graves talks about Mark Messier during ceremonies. The NY Rangers honored Messier by retiring his number before the Rangers-Edmonton Oilers game at Madison Square Garden.

With gifts on the ice, Adam Graves talks
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With gifts on the ice, Adam Graves talks about Mark Messier during ceremonies. The NY Rangers honored Messier by retiring his number before the Rangers-Edmonton Oilers game at Madison Square Garden.

Stephan Matteau checks his camera as he takes
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Stephan Matteau checks his camera as he takes pictures during the ceremony while Adam Graves speaks. The NY Rangers honored former player Mark Messier by retiring his number before the Rangers-Edmonton Oilers game at Madison Square Garden.