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03-26-2013, 06:24 PM
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Originally Posted by dennilfloss View Post
There's also another cover calling him The Great Gretzky, player of the year, in the 79-80 set.
So we can definitely trace it at least as far back as '78-80 in terms of "wide-spread" use. Kinda interesting.

Originally Posted by Habsfan18 View Post
By the way, for the guy who asked which player has appeared on the cover the most, this was an official count by THN in their 60th anniversary issue back in 2007.

Wayne Gretzky - 73
Mario Lemieux - 58
Gordie Howe - 49
Bobby Hull - 46
Phil Esposito - 37
Bobby Orr - 35
Eric Lindros - 32
Glenn Hall - 29
Mark Messier - 29
Bobby Clarke - 28
That almost looks spookily close to some sort of "all-time" ranking...

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