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Wayne Gretzky
In a terrible twist of fate, the teammate that hockey legend Wayne Gretzky credited with helping him overcome his fear of flying later died in one of the planes that crashed on 9/11. In a 2001 Sports Illustrated tribute, Gretzky wrote that former teammate Ace Bailey, who played his last season as a pro on the Edmonton Oilers when Gretzky was a rookie, was the only one who could calm him during a flight. Ace, then a professional scout, was on United Airlines flight 175, which crashed into the south tower of the World Trade Center. “It's so sad and ironic that Ace died in an airplane because he helped me more than anyone else,” Gretzky wrote. “He was so strong and calm, and when he told me that everything would be O.K., I believed him.”Denis Brodeur—NHLI via Getty Images
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