January 26 2011 11:09AM
Happy 50th to the kid in this photo. And thanks. For everything. I wouldn't have believed it unless I was there to see it.
There will be an ocean of words and video today on 99's 50th birthday. I just want to say that for me it was an education. Up in the bleeders at Northlands watching him pass to an open area taught me about the game played his way.
It must have seemed a little unusual at ice level until Kurri arrived to take the pass. From high above the plays became more obvious and predictable but no less sensational. He really did see things no one else could see, and because of it was always several steps ahead of the rest.
I've given up on seeing another Orr and don't even entertain the thought of another Gretzky. Expecting two in my lifetime is not possible, I'm just thankful he played for the Oilers. Thank you, Wayne Gretzky. We will always remember you and the game you played so beautifully.