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06-26-2008, 10:43 AM
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Originally Posted by lrodptl View Post
Certainly not. We're talking about a player who is top 3 alltime,very young in the beginning,putting a city on the map,leading a team that would bring the Cup to Canada. The desire,pressure and need to protect this most valuable of assets was immense. They had the man.
I don't see the prevailing myth as being Gretzky "was protected", but rather "Gretzky never got hit" or even stupid conspiracy theories involving NHL brass.

The team protected Gretzky because they would be out of their minds not to. Pittsburgh did the same thing when they acquired George Laraque.

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