Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux and Others: The Best Retired Numbers in the NHL

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Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux and Others: The Best Retired Numbers in the NHL
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21 seasons with only one club is a rarity in todays game

When you look at the history and tradition that is the National Hockey League, it is surprising the number of players who have played in the league over it's 90 plus year history.

Add the fact that out of all those players, only a select few have had their playing number retired by one of the teams that they have played with. That has to be impressive.

Wayne Gretzky is not only a special person, but was a special player during his playing days in the NHL.

Gretzky is the only player to have his number retired by all 30 NHL teams. Gretzky's accomplishments alone not only helped grow and expand the game in the western United States, but worldwide.

Imagine if the Gretzky era was upon us now.

Imagine if you could experience each of these great players in their hay-day? Too bad HD TV, Internet and other media outlets were not even created when most of these players played. For some of these players, their stories have been handed down and re-told a thousand times.

When you look at retired numbers, many names, different eras and dynasty's come to mind.

The NHL has a rich and interesting history. It is the players who wore these jerseys, these numbers and their names that have helped create the legacy of one of North Americas oldest professional sports.

Let's take a look at the best retired number in the National Hockey League in numerical order.

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