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02-08-2014, 09:07 AM
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LeBlondeDemon10
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Originally Posted by Dennis Bonvie View Post
1981 Edmonton had only been in the NHL for 2 seasons. They were still a below .500 team. The idea that a no contact, no defense kid protected by WHA goons was the best player in the game probably rubbed many players the wrong way at that time. There was also a possible underlying fear that Gretzky was going to make a mockery of the record books and thus diminish the greats before him.
Edmonton didn't have any more goons than anyone else at that time.

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