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Gretzky celebrates his 50th, while media celebrate Gretzky

January 26, 2011 | 11:26 am

Thumb_400 Today is Wayne Gretzky’s 50th birthday, a perfect occasion for him -- and for those of us who watched him -- to reflect on his life and accomplishments.

There have been a lot of columns, stories and photo galleries of him out there the past few days, and here are links to a sampling of them.

From Tuesday’s Times, Gretzky talks about being part of Skechers’ new “Comeback” campaign -- though he never considered a comeback himself.

Steve Simmons of Sun Media brings up an interesting point about Gretzky’s self-imposed estrangement from the NHL, and why the league should bring him back into the fold. Amen.

TSN’s Dave Naylor looks back at the length of Gretzky’s career, starting with a look at Gretzky’s father, Walter.

Darren Yourk of the Globe and Mail discusses Gretzky from the perspective of a fan who grew up in Gretzky’s hometown of Brantford, Canada, and first skated at an arena named in Gretzky’s honor.

Puck Daddy lists 50 reasons why it loves Gretzky ... and if you haven’t seen the "Saturday Night Live" video, take a few minutes to watch it. If you saw it a while ago, watch it again.

Larry Brooks in the New York Post gets Gretzky to say he’d be willing to suit up for the Rangers again ... in an old timers’ game.

And has an assortment of stories and charts about Gretzky and his incredible career.

Happy birthday, Wayne!

-- Helene Elliott

Photo: Kings captain Wayne Gretzky celebrates after scoring the second of three goals against the Toronto Maple Leafs in Game 7 of the Campbell Conference finals. Credit: Reuters