Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 09/24/11 at 11:33 AM ET
from Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star,
Players who competed against Wayne Gretzky are retiring one by one.
Mike Modano called it quits this week. Kris Draper pulled out in July — Joe Sakic, Peter Forsberg and Paul Kariya before him.
“It’s significant that fewer and fewer players have played with him,” said Calgary-based hockey historian James Duplacey, former curator of the Hockey Hall of Fame.
“We’re actually beginning to forget Wayne Gretzky, even though I’m sure if we searched hard enough more than half of his goals would be available for instant viewing whenever we want.”
Nobody under the age of 30 in today’s NHL played in Gretzky’s retirement year, 1999.
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