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OTTAWA, Dec. 15 (UPI) -- Hours after being named to the Canadian Olympic team, Martin Brodeur made 39 saves Saturday night en route to his 300th career win and 52nd shutout as the New J

Three added to Canadian team

TORONTO, Dec. 15 (UPI) -- Wayne Gretzky finalized the 2002 Canadian Olympic hockey team Saturday, adding Eric Lindros, Jarome Iginla, Ryan Smyth and 12 others to one of the gold-medal fa

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'MOULIN ROUGE' IS TOPS WITH NATIONAL BOARD OF REVIEW
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Hockey chief gets high Olympic honor

COLORADO SPRINGS, Dec. 4 (UPI) -- USA Hockey President Walter L. Bush has been honored with the Olympic Order, the highest individual award in international athletics.

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Five join NHL Hall of Fame

TORONTO, Nov. 12 (UPI) -- Jari Kurri joined Viacheslav Fetisov, Mike Gartner, Dale Hawerchuk and Craig Patrick on Monday as the newest members of the Hockey Hall of Fame.

Hockey Hall of Fame members

TORONTO, Nov. 11 (UPI) -- Hockey Hall of Fame members:

Hockey Hall of Fame welcomes new members

TORONTO, Nov. 11 (UPI) -- The Hockey Hall of Fame goes global Monday with the induction of Jari Kurri, Viacheslav Fetisov, Mike Gartner, Dale Hawerchuk and Craig Patrick.

Edmonton 6, Phoenix 2

EDMONTON, Alberta, Oct. 7 (UPI) -- Jari Kurri became just the third Oiler to have his number retired and Ryan Smyth had two goals and an assist as Edmonton posted a 6-2 victory Saturday night ove
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Wayne Gretzky
VAN99100204 - 02 OCTOBER 1999 - VANCOUVER, B.C. CANADA: Wayne Gretzky makes a personal appearance at the conclusion of the Wayne Gretzky Collection Fall Fashion Show at The Bay in downtown Vancouver, October 2. jr/hr/H. Ruckemann UPI
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Wayne Douglas Gretzky, CC LLD (hc) (pronounced /ˈɡrɛtski/; born January 26, 1961) is a retired Canadian ice hockey player and former ice hockey coach. Nicknamed "The Great One", he is generally regarded as the best player in the history of the National Hockey League (NHL), and has been called "the greatest hockey player ever" by many sportswriters, players, and the NHL itself. Upon his retirement on April 18, 1999, he held forty regular-season records, fifteen playoff records, and six All-Star records. He is the only NHL player to total over 200 points in one season – a feat he accomplished four times. In addition, he tallied over 100 points in 16 professional seasons, 14 of them consecutive. Gretzky's jersey number, 99, has been retired by all teams in the National Hockey League. He was voted one of six players to the International Ice Hockey Federation's (IIHF) Centennial All-Star Team in a poll conducted by a group of 56 experts from 16 countries.

Born and raised in Brantford, Ontario, Gretzky honed his skills at a backyard rink and regularly played minor hockey at a level far above his peers. Despite his unimpressive stature, strength and speed, Gretzky's intelligence and reading of the game were unrivaled. He was adept at dodging checks from opposing players, and he could consistently anticipate where the puck was going to be and execute the right move at the right time. Gretzky also became known for setting up behind the net, an area that was nicknamed "Gretzky's office" because of his skills there.

In 1978, he signed with the Indianapolis Racers of the World Hockey Association (WHA), where he briefly played before being traded to the Edmonton Oilers. When the WHA folded, the Oilers joined the NHL, where he established many scoring records and led his team to four Stanley Cup championships. His trade to the Los Angeles Kings on August 9, 1988, had an immediate impact on the team's performance, eventually leading them to the 1993 Stanley Cup Finals, and is credited with popularizing hockey in California. Gretzky played briefly for the St. Louis Blues and finished his career with the New York Rangers. In his career, Gretzky captured nine Hart Trophies as the most valuable player, ten Art Ross Trophies for most points in a season, five Lady Byng Trophies for sportsmanship and performance, five Lester B. Pearson Awards, and two Conn Smythe Trophies as playoff MVP.

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