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01-14-2014, 11:21 AM
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Originally Posted by 87and71 View Post
Has to be Orr. Nobody even came close to dominating the game of hockey in the world like Orr did. As a defenseman it is even more remarkable. He was as close to perfection as you could get in a hockey player in all facets of the game.

Had medical technology been what it is today, Orr would without a doubt be considered the greatest NHL player of all time. Some think that despite a career which essentially ended after the 75 season at age 27. We're talking about a guy who could have legitimately pushed 2000 points from the blueline.

Wayne has the name recognition around the world but Orr revolutionized the game before the Great One.
While Orr caused others to play differently, so did Gretzky. But the way both played was pretty unique. You don't see many defensemen who played like Orr did (Coffey was closest, but wasn't as good obviously), and really no one who plays like Gretzky did. So neither changed the way others played (as in being duplicated), but rather changed the way others reacted to them. They spawned a lot of the defensive systems, etc.

I honestly think they were pretty equal in that regard. I may give Orr the slight edge just because his style was more influential in others wanting to play D and be like Orr. Off ice, Gretzky contributed more than any of these 3.

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