Happy Birthday Wayne! We celebrate 51 years of the Great One


Wayne Gretzky turns 51 today, and Province Sports has put together a photo gallery of the Great One from smiling kid to hockey statesman

<div id="page1">Gretzky hoists the cup after Oilers take it in 1984.</div>

Gretzky hoists the cup after Oilers take it in 1984.

Photograph by: Alex Strachan, Canwest News Services

<div id="page1">Gretzky hoists the cup after Oilers take it in 1984.</div>
Head Coach Wayne Gretzky of the Phoenix Coyotes reacts to a call on the ice against the Dallas Stars on Jan. 10, 2009 at Jobing.com Arena in Glendale, Ariz.
Wayne Gretzky looks on during a World Cup game against Russia at General Motors Place in Vancouver, British Columbia Aug. 29, 1996. Canada won the game, 5-3.
Gretzky shows the unrestrained joy he took in scoring during 1981 series when the youthful Edmonton Oilers pulled an unexpected upset of the New York Islanders during the playoffs.
1988 file photo of the press conference Wayne Gretzky held to discuss the trade from the Edmonton Oilers to the Los Angeles Kings at Molson House. Also in attendance were Bruce McNall of the Kings and Peter Pocklington of the Oilers and Glen Sather of the Oilers.
Wayne Gretzky carries the torch at the opening ceremony of the 2010 Winter Olympic Games held at B.C. Place in Vancouver February 12, 2010.
Gretzky during his New York Rangers days skates deep in the offensive zone against the Boston Bruins at the Fleetcenter.
Gretzky wearing his St.Louis Blues plays against the Toronto Maple Leafs .
April 15, 1999 -- Gretzky stuff, for supplement.  From a 1981 Wayne Gretzky fan club package. Province staff photo by
Wayne Gretzky attends the Hockey Hall of Fame Induction ceremony at the Hockey Hall of Fame on Nov. 9, 2009 in Toronto, Canada.
Gretzky with hockey great Gordie Howe when he was 12-years-old in Brantford, Ontario, in 1972, the city Gretzky was born in.
NHL legend, Wayne Gretzky, watches the game between the Detroit Red Wings and the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center on December 4, 2010 in Los Angeles, Cal.
Wayne Gretzky skates past the Oiler bench during the 2003 Heritage Classic hockey game at Commonwealth Stadium Saturday.
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