Gretzky the pure athlete
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02-09-2013, 05:26 PM
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i don't believe anybody has ever dangled "better" than wayne gretzky. No player has had a "better" slap shot than wayne gretzky.
very very few players were better in-game skaters than wayne gretzky.
jump on youtube and re-watch some old games, or if you're studying him visually for the first time, you are in for one hell of a treat.
he is the best puck mover in the history of the game, he had the hands to catch virtually every pass that came near his orbit, probably the most accurate slap shot ever, a backhand/wrist shot/slap shot repertoire with such coordination it basically broke the era's goalies down so badly it required a revolution in technique to stop the bleeding. And nobody in the world has yet to approach his skill level when using saucer passes. 30 years later his game is still from the future.
seriously....he was one of the greatest athletes of all time. the lungs, the balance, his hands, his quickness, his mind, his competitiveness...he had everything aside from a massive frame.
Pretty much this.
It was ridiculous how accurate his slap shot was. He would wind up, pick a spot, and it would be there. Or if the goalie moved, he would change his mind and deke or pass. His greatest physical gifts - endurance, agility and acceleration - were legendary.
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