Fun fact: Brantford is Wayne’s hometown. There’s a street and an arena named after him. What people won’t tell you is that shitty hockey parents ran him outta town at 13 because he was taking their kids ice time. That’s why he moved to Toronto. He hates his hometown which is why he only (publicly) comes back once every couple of years.
Also, the media are vultures. 0:38 that’s a grown man ambushing a 14 year old boy walking out with his friends. Pathetic, really.
Ray Finkle true story. My brother in laws brother was on one of Wayne's Brantford teams and he told me the vulgarity parents would scream at 13 year old Wayne was unreal. Apparently they thought their kid was the next Bobby Orr.
nice stat to put on the o soooooo useless things you can ear in a day....i got one for you buddy-boy....can you explain what is the 88-89 art ross trophy s doin at his house right now???mr stats???cause that year both add 104 assist.....lemieux scores 41 goals more.....41....but yet gretz won the art ross.....what happend??nobody said a word??gretzky as the trophy at his house.....still??explain hill-billy-bob from the prairies...ty.mr o-so-useless-stats.com
If Gretzky didn't play in the expansion era, he would have finished lower than Mario in points per game.
Lemieux was able to outshine Gretzky once the late 80's came around. Gretzky could no longer put the puck in the net like the expansion era, as goalies equipment became much larger, plus the overall evolution had changed drastically. Gretzky relied on a dynasty in which he got a lot of primary and even secondary assists.
Mario seemed to be the bigger of the 2 stars when they played either with or against each other. He was drafted by the worst team in the NHL during the mid 80's, disallowing him the power offense Edmonton had, resulting in much less assists. In fact, Lemieux tallied over 50% of his team's entire points during a single season, eventually taking the Art Ross once the league evolved and Gretzky no longer had the same impact as he once did. You put Lemieux with a player like Jagr or even Jari Kurri, he would definitely amass a larger point total each season during Pittsburghs early years with Lemieux. Mario didn't receive help until about the 89-90 season. Once 90-91 came forth, he now had Jagr, Stevens, Cullen and Recchi in the offense. Defensively they had Coffee, Phil Bourque, Murphy, Zalapski, and Samuelsson. God knows where Mario would be in points if he had this dynasty like Gretzky did from the beginning of his career - let's not forget the fact that he also had this dynasty during major NHL expansion - while Lemieux had his during a much tougher period in hockey.
Mario > Wayne
Yeah, people didn't have ridiculous robot cop equipment, so they weren't flying into each other at full speed cause they'd hurt themselves as well, they knew how to safely play the corners & boards, they knew how to receive and give checks, they knew when to keep their heads up, they didn't turn their backs, and they won't told that they had to block every single shot (what's the point in having goalies?), they respected the unwritten rules of playing hard but not trying to end people's careers...
U people haven't a Fukien clue. The ran him as much as any kid, but he wasn't easy to hit because he was so aware of his surroundings. Sick of idiots who regurgitate what they hear on hockey night in Canada.
It is a lot of pressure, and unfortunately a lot of child stars in any profession end up going down a bad road. Not Wayne though. I think he handled it better than anyone else could have. Hopefully, the new young stars like Nathan Mckinnon and Seth Jones follow the Great one's example.
the sport of his time was more intense physical.. alot was let go.. and not for nothing young or old..nobody wanted to take a run at him ..because they knew if they did he would have ended up like paul kariya but with way more concussions good example of gretzky today is crosby he is protected the same way gretzky was
There is no one protecting players anymore, because during the 1992-93 season they put in the instigator rule. That rule penalized players for getting into fights against dirty players, & allowed guys like Marty Mcsorley & Bob Probert to allow room for talented players on their team to score. Nowadays every player has to look out for themselves.
You're showing your ignorance by talking shit. The league never issued a directive to lay off Gretzky. It's a fallacy that has almost become an urban myth. He was the greatest player of his time and was fiercely protected by his teammates. He was their meal ticket and they knew it. It was a different age and you're probably too young to know about it firsthand.
Agree, defiantly a myth. He wasn't a dirty player, was well respected by his peers, good recognition for the entire league and that meant better salaries for everyone. It made no sense for anybody to go out there and wax him.....
Growing up a Calgary fan I have to agree with you. The Flames being the team that played the Oilers the most, have had many hits on Gretzy. And almost every time, later in the game you'd see Messier, or Semenko, or McSorley return the favor on one of our stars. Or go head-on with one of our enforces like Hunter. So, teams would be pretty selective on how badly they hit him.
wayne might be the luckiest hockey player that has ever played the sport.. i honestly believe that he might be the first person to ever be protected by the league, and stiff warning were given to players not to made hard contact with him.. if the men in the nhl were really put all their force into rocking him..this guy would lead the league in concussions and broken bones he was skinny no strength just all finess.I just feel if he was actually hit more often and HARDER it would be different
Correct Dave. The opposite is true. Guys wanted to hammer the shit out of him, especially when he played junior and they sure as hell tried. He was hated. Players were jealous of him. Even some of his own teammates didn't like him in junior. My buddy's wife went to high school with him in the Soo and said that guys at their high school would tell him they were gonna punch the shit out of him when he walked down the halls.
Steven that's completely false. Wayne got hit plenty of times. He grew up playing against players 5 years older than him who were trying to murder him. Wayne always had his head up and was extremely difficult to hit. Who the fuck are you to say anything at all about WAYNE GRETZKY. Troll.
Mario had great skill. Is the best hockey player ever? Not sure, but he was a bigger stronger version of the Great One. There is a lot to say for The Great One's longevity. He was such a small player. How he could survive the tough seasons in the NHL? Gretzky was the right player for the 80s and 90s, when it was a much more open (skating) game than it is today. An open game was great for his style. Remember when they changed the rules, because of him? When both teams had a minor penalty they changed the rule from 4 skaters on a side, to 5 skaters, because he was scoring too much. Laughing.
Remember the Sports Illustrated issue when Gretzky was sportsman of the year? It was great because hockey players like Bobby Hull said Gretzky was as great as Bobby Orr. It is very telling to hear them make that comparison.
A close friend of mine that worked at a bookstore once spent a day acting as security for Walter Gretzky for one of his book signing gigs. Walter was one of the sweetest and most thoughtful human beings he had ever met.
i played against his brother brent and people would take cheapshots at him just for being wayne's little brother. jealousy is a sad and personally destructive thing. all wayne did was excel at a sport and jealous fucks had to try to ruin his life. but they gotta live with it and they know who they are.
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