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by George Malik on 01/16/07 at 08:06 PM ET
from Sports Illustrated: Wayne Gretzky discusses his SI cover appearances:
1981 ( OCT. 12 ): I remember this picture so well. The photographer [Paul Kennedy] wanted me to keep flipping the puck so he could capture the Oilers logo on the puck perfectly. I told him I wasn’t sure I could do it, but I think he got it in the first couple of takes. You can see I’m pretty happy. The writer [E.M. Swift] had done my first story in SPORTS ILLUSTRATED three years before, but I never thought I would get to be on the cover.
1982 ( DEC. 27 ): A great honor. I think SI’s Sportsman of the Year is the hardest award to win in sports. When the picture was taken I was in the middle of what would be a 30-game point streak, so I didn’t want to cut my hair. My hair was so long it was going in my eyes, and I remember lying on a blanket they’d put on the ice and pushing the hair from my eyes after each shot. I guess the picture turned out nice with my reflection on the ice.
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