The "Gretzky was protected" myth.
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06-26-2008, 12:02 AM
Join Date: Dec 2006
and winning the MVP. Tell us why you gave the car to Semenko?
WAYNE GRETZKY: It was a different era back then. It was kind of an era where it's a tier system where the top players made a lot of money, then the middle guys made okay money, then there was a tier of guys who didn't make a lot of money. But I felt that the bottom guys in the salary category were very important to my success and the success of the hockey team. I don't believe we would have, as an individual player, I would have had the same success I've had without Dave Semenko. I just felt it was my way of thanking him for what he had done for my career and the career of a lot of guys on that team. And I just felt that it was my way of showing him that I appreciated what he did for the Edmonton Oilers as a team. And the other side of it was I had a lot of great years in Edmonton and I wanted the truck to stay in that city.
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