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10-20-2004, 05:30 PM
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Originally Posted by NYIsles1
Gretzky would not have scored what he did playing in today's league and would not have put up the numbers he did in previous era's.
No kidding Gretzky wouldn't have scored as much as he did in the early-80's, but he still would have put up a lot of points and led the league. In 1997-98, while playing for a bad New York Rangers team, Gretzky, who turned 37 midway throught the season, finished tied for third in scoring. What would a 25 year old Gretzky have done? I reckon he would have finished well above Jagr.

Originally Posted by KOVALEV10
1- Rocket Richard: First player to score 50 goals in 50 games. Played during a tough time where people knew how to check.
Gretzky scored 50 goals in 39 games. He scored 5 goals against the Philadelphia Flyers on December 30, 1981 to reach the 50-goal level. I think Philadelphia was a pretty tough team. They knew how to do a lot more than simply "check."

Gretzky averaged over 200 points during a six-season period. No one else has ever even reached the 200 point plateau, which the Great One did four times.

9 Hart Trophies, 10 Art Ross Trophies and 5 Lester B. Pearson Trophies.

The NHL retired Gretzky's number 99 for a reason.

For someone who was a playmaker, and the best ever, he sure did score a lot of goals.

"[Gretzky's] intelligence on the ice and instincts for the game are just amazing," Armstrong said. "You watch him do things which 10-year NHL veterans have trouble handling and you figure he must be 35 years old. He has that ability which only the rare, gifted players have to just automatically be where the puck is. It seems to be something a very few players are born with, not something they can learn or be taught.
That was said by George Armstrong when Gretzky was 16 years old. Have a look at the Sporting News article from January 27, 1978.

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