What is Gretzky's legacy if he retires after 1988?
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07-07-2013, 02:50 PM
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In 1983 The Hockey News ran a "Top 10" issue where they polled some players, ex-players, coaches, writers, broadcasters, etc. about the 10 best so-and-sos in various categories. One of the categories was greatest player of all-time. Gretzky finished 4th
. Keep in mind, he was only 22 and hadn't won a Cup yet.
By '87 or '88, he was probably the most popular choice. I wouldn't say consensus choice, because Orr and Howe still had their supporters. But anybody who didn't have Gretzky #1 by '88, wouldn't be convinced to put him there based on anything he did after that.
I'd love to see the full results of those polls if you have them.
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