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06-26-2008, 09:41 AM
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Originally Posted by greatgazoo View Post
I find that the Gretzky detractors are usually fans of teams that he burned. (ie. Flames and Leafs fans)

Thinking that the Refs were protecting him by some kind of directive from the league President is such BS that it wreaks with ignorance. Ever hear of anti-trust suits? If there were a conspiracy put forth by the league to protect Gretzky, the NHL would've been brought to its knees by a major lawsuit.

Keep on smokin' Cheech & Chong.

Gretzky played Lacrosse as a kid in the off seasons and that helped him to learn how to roll off of a hit and how to avoid hits. Betchya didn't know that.

He also played in the era where the instigator penalty was not enforced. So yeah, if you hit him, you had Semenko or McClelland or McSorley or sometimes all-three to deal with!

Lemieux also had plenty of body guards and the Bruins weren't exactly a group of choir boys.

Every star player has protection, if they don't then their GM should be looking for a new job.
In baseball, umpires tended not call 'strike' on pitches that Ted Williams did not swing at. More recently, they tended not call 'ball' on pitches thrown by Greg Maddux, in which the batter did not swing. Unless you're Bill O'Reilly, talk of conpiracy theories don't count form much. All professional sports leagues treat its star players differently, and, yes, there is favoritism. About a decade ago, Vincent Damphousse received a multi-game suspension for a similar infraction, which didn't even get a minor penalty to Mark Messier, who was with the NYR.

Originally Posted by MS View Post
Agreed completely it's a myth.

The notion that pro athletes wouldn't hit the best player on the other team, and by contrast would just let him walk all over them, because they were cowering in the presence of Semenko and McSorley is ridiculous.

Every team in the league had a Semenko or McSorley. The notion that players were willing to hammer every other 'star' player in the league but not Gretzky in spite of the fact that they were all protected by the same type of enforcer is just stupid.

Gretzky didn't get hit because he was so quick and absolutely brilliant at avoiding hits. You still couldn't hit him in the mid-1990s when he was in his mid-30s and Semenko had been retired for a decade.

Does anyone really think that Risebrough, Peplinski, Baxter, Hunter and the like were scared to hit Gretzky in the Edmonton-Calgary Battle of Alberta games?
So, Semenko and McSorley were in the roster just to entertain the fans with an occasional fight major? The #1 reason for enforcers is to protect star players. If it was as simple as Gretzky avoiding hits, then there was no reason for Semenko and McSorley to be on the roster. Then, there was the little matter of Gretzky insisting on McSorley following him to LA.

Jim Peplinski and Tim Hunter handled themselves just fine. It was the other types of liberties that were taken, which proved to be the problem for the league. As soon as the instigator rule was removed, then that led to punks crosschecking to the head without fear of retribution from toughguys. Instances of concussions shot up.

Originally Posted by Bruwinz37 View Post
Anyone who believes this is an absolute shill for arguing that goons 'police' the sport......another myth that has never been close to true.
Yeah, they're just there for loud rock music blasting over the PA system, neon light shows, mascot appearances and prize giveaways.

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