The "Gretzky was protected" myth.
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06-26-2008, 09:35 PM
Join Date: Sep 2003
Location: Oiler fan in Calgary
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Please research and find the answer to one question;Why did Gretzky insist on McSorley's inclusion in the LA trade? BTW,enforcers can be major deterrents without ever leaving the bench.
Heres a question for you - do you feel that Gretzky was protected significantly more than other stars in the league?
How about another question - who was protecting Wayne in the early games that Semenko was not playing in? McClelland was brought in after Gretzky had 4 full seasons under his belt. McSorely wasnt there till the 85-86 season. Plus, Semenko never played a full season. Heck, the year Greztky got 92 goals and 212 points, Semenko only played in 59 games and had less than 200 penalty minutes (less than half of the league leader).
This myth is propagated by the fact that his stats are unreal. It just doesnt make sense that a skinny kid can put up the numbers he did. And back then the games werent televised very often, so people outside of the Edmonton area would hear about this guy, see the stats, but only actaully get to witness it a handful of timesover the season.
So people are skeptical. They figure there has to be some external reason why a player of Gretzkys stature can put up 92 goals, or break 200 points on multiple seasons. Its tough to imagine the stats he put up for the people who didnt see much of him. They figure there has to be some sort of trick.
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