Whether handed out at random or carefully selected for personal reasons, jersey numbers become an intrinsic part of a player’s identity. In this, the fi rst of a three-part series, we reveal the most collectible players ever to wear each number in NHL history. 99 Wayne Gretzky Just say the number. 99. Everyone will know exactly who you mean. It’s the most famous jersey in hockey and, arguably, all of sport. The man who wore it in Edmonton, Los Angeles, St. Louis and New York rewrote the record books to such an extent that, upon his retirement in (appropriately) 1999,…

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