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Fans brave cold to see Gretzky outdoors

Updated: November 23, 2003, 1:14 AM ET
Associated Press

EDMONTON, Alberta --The freezing crowd leaped before his name was even announced, clapping mitten-clad hands and cheering as the loudspeaker blared: "The greatest hockey player who ever lived, No. 99, Wayne Gretzky."

The chance to see the player who made Edmonton and their beloved Oilers famous take the ice one more time was why 57,167 fans braved single-digit temperatures as daylight turned to night.

While other former hockey superstars -- and one current one -- shared the ...

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