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Hockey Great Wayne Gretzky Retires

April 16, 1999

NEW YORK (AP) _ Wayne Gretzky, simply the best hockey player ever, announced his retirement today after two unforgettable decades on the ice, walking away from the game he loves despite pleas from friends and family not to go.

And so the 38-year-old Great One will say goodbye in Sunday’s season finale against Pittsburgh at Madison Square Garden.

No one could change his mind.