Wayne Gretzky: Greatness Came Early

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There’s something instantly familiar about the voice on the recording, even if it seems impossibly young. After answering questions about his size (“5-foot-2 and 93 pounds…I jumped up in the last couple weeks”) and goal-scoring prowess, the 13-year-old hockey player was asked by CBC radio host Peter Gzowski if he thought he might one day go on to a career in the NHL. “All I can say is that I hope [I will],” the boy said. For many Canadians, this was their introduction to Wayne Gretzky. It’s not uncommon today for stories of schoolboy heroics to quickly spread. At the…

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