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99 Closing In On 50

from Bruce Cheadle of the CP at the Toronto Star,

The tousle-headed kid who turned the hockey world on its ear is hitting 50.

Wayne Gretzky, Canada’s male athlete of the 20th century, trips the half-century odometer on Jan. 26, a memory milestone that may pack as much impact for an aging generation of Canadian baby-boomers as for the retired hockey god himself.

If 50 is the age of introspection and taking stock, Gretzky could serve as a case study of what we’d like to think it means to be Canadian:

Fiercely competitive but humble; self-assured without swagger; instantly recognizable yet somehow chameleon-like; bland but not boring; fabulously wealthy without ostentation; a non-aggressor who punches well above his weight.

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Red Winger's avatar

Fiercely competitive but humble; self-assured without swagger; instantly recognizable yet somehow chameleon-like; bland but not boring; fabulously wealthy without ostentation; a non-aggressor who punches well above his weight.

How ...humble. smile

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie on 01/20/11 at 08:08 PM ET

blammo's avatar

I hated Gretzky when he was playing, much like many here hate Crosby. Its only have he is gone that you think, ‘hey, that was amazing’, and wish he was still around.

Posted by blammo from Vancouver, BC on 01/20/11 at 09:59 PM ET

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