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11-20-2012, 08:10 AM
Join Date: Jul 2008
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So I take you don't value longevity at all? Or how about sheer and utter dominance?
4 Stanley Cups, 9 Harts, 5 Lester B. Pearsons, 2 Conn Smythes, 10 Art Rosses.. He has more assists than any other player has points. No other player crossed the 200pt mark, Gretzky did it not once but
He holds the record for:
-Most points in a season
-Most goals in a season
-Most points in a playoff run
-Most assists in a playoff run
If we were comparing Orr to practically any other player, I'd concede, he had an outstanding all-around game and truly revolutionized the role of a defenseman. However, Wayne Gretzky did so much more than that. He revolutionized
the game of hockey
to an entirely new market. He was so dominant and spectacular to watch that he single-handedly drew interest from markets who were never considered viable hockey markets in the past.
Gretzky did it all as an NHL player, he literally accomplished every feat there is in the game of professional hockey. People love to sensationalize the prototype of a big, physical, smooth-skating, player with soft hands, and out-of this world vision and then they see a player like Mario Lemieux who was able to make a spectacle out of every game. What they fail to realize is that Gretzky was the Albert Einstein of hockey. He was literally a genius. He played one of the -- if not the most physical sports in the world, and he was literally able to practically avoid physical contact altogether. He didn't need to out-skate players, or out-muscle them, he had unprecedented (to this day) vision and foresight that allowed him move the puck around the opposition or feed his linemates impossible passes game-in, game-out. One must appreciate the sheer simplicity in Gretzky's game and understand how effective and undefendable he was as a result of it, to truly value how special of a player Gretzky was.
Gretzky even holds the record for holding the most records. Best record to hold IMO
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