Sport: Hockey's Great Gretzky

A 20-year-old sensation rewrites the record books

Two years ago, Hockey Legend Gordie Howe had some advice for Rookie Wayne Gretzky: "No matter how much you make, get out there and earn it." Now in his second season with the Edmonton Oilers, Gretzky, 20, obeys the commandment. The 5-ft. 11-in., 165-lb. center is the most exciting one-man show in the sport. Little known outside the puck-hustling world, the Great Gretzky, as he is called by ice-rink railbirds, blows N.H.L. records like wildcat gushers on the Alberta plains.

Gretzky singlehanded pulled the Oilers, an undistinguished expansion team, out...

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