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Wayne Gretzky

9. Wayne Gretzky

He was the kid on the pond whom the older guys couldn't catch: elusive, imaginative, untiring. With a spin and a feint, he'd slide the prettiest pass you'd never seen onto the stick of a teammate you hadn't known was open. Or he'd bounce a shot in off the goalie. Or pass the puck off the net to himself. Night after night, for 20 seasons, the Great One never stopped playing like a kid.

Photograph by Robert Beck

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