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Best Player: The Great One

Updated: November 17, 2004, 4:23 PM ET
The Hockey News

The Great One is, quite simply, "The Greatest Ever."

Even before he scored an astonishing 378 goals and 598 points in 85 games as a 10-year-old atom level player in Brantford, Ontario, Wayne Gretzky was something truly special good enough to play, and even score a goal, for a 10-and-under team at the tender, young age of 6.

Five years after his 1999 retirement following an incomparable 21-season pro career, Gretzky remains the standard by which all hockey players, past and present, ...

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