Why is Gretzky known as the best?
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10-26-2004, 03:27 AM
Join Date: May 2004
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Being the best more often than not is more about time peirods in league history.
Maybe Rocket Richard scores a hundred goals in Edmonton on that ice surface in the early eighties. Maybe Mike Bossy does if he is not on an Eastern Conference team and has to play some defense. Switch Paul Coffey and Bobby Orr and what numbers does Orr put up on that ice surface in that era.
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.
He played his most productive hockey in an expansion conference against some very weak teams. If he played in the Eastern Conference in that era he would not have put up the same numbers and would have taken more of a physical wear in the playoffs to get to the finals.
Personally I felt Lemieux and Bossy's numbers in a better conference was far more tangible than anything Gretzky did.
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