7 Responses to Could anyone hit Wayne Gretzky?

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  2. Kevin January 13, 2015 at 9:24 pm

    His “office” was truly his alone. Other players began to set up behind the net, they were driven through the back of the rink. Gretzky never was. Why? He’s stationary. Give me a break.

    Career minor leaguer with the Leafs nailed him good in the early eighties, McCreary. And years later, in a Canada Cup game, Gary Suter drilled him. These are the only two times he was really drilled. McCreary, being a career minor leaguer, didn’t know you couldn’t hit Money boy full out. Suter did it because it wasn’t an NHL game.

    Played twenty years without a broken nose? C’mon! Every marquee player in history underwent hell: Morenz, Richard, Howe (in a coma), Beliveau, Hull, Orr, Lafleur, Lemieux, Crosby. But not Gretzy–virtually untouched in the goal-mad eighties and early nineties

  3. Phil Schlenker January 25, 2015 at 4:50 pm

    Not true Kevin. The reason he was almost never hit was because he was the smartest player on the ice. Watch him in old clips. He is aware of all of his surroundings. He knows where everyone on the ice is at all times. He always has his head up, on a swivel. Put it this way, in 1984 the Islanders are gunning for their 5th straight Cup to tie the record. The only team in their way are the Oilers. To know the Islanders players you would know that the likes of Denis Potvin, Bryan Trottier, Clark Gillies and other physical guys like Bob Nystrom would never have been afraid to hit him. They’d have ploughed over their own mothers to win that Cup. Instead Gretzky was a central figure in the Oilers beating the Islanders. The whole “why didn’t they just hit him?” theory has been debunked. They tried. Gretzky was just always one step ahead of everyone else on the ice at all times.

  4. Kevin McDonough January 13, 2016 at 10:36 pm

    You just reiterated what you said in your article–never dealing with what I said in my comment: McCreary, Suter … the implications of those two hits. And the reluctance to hit a completely
    stationary Gretzky in his precious office? Great anticipatory ability, peerless passer … but Semenko was his muscle (Gretzky had no muscle at all), Coffey his speed, Kurri the big one time shot (Gretzky had no power in his game–he absolutely required certain kinds of players around him. Without doubt, the most incomplete superstar in hockey history. They all followed him to LA after that “trade.” No trade at all–a league business deal.

  5. kevin January 18, 2016 at 9:56 pm

    You’re wrong

  6. Phil Schlenker January 22, 2016 at 1:35 am

    This isn’t true Kevin. In 1981 when Coffey and Kurri were rookies Gretzky had 164 points. This was his 2nd year in the NHL and the next best Oiler was Kurri with 75 points. In 1982 he had 212 points and the next best Oiler was Anderson at 105. Are you getting the point here? He didn’t need any charity. His first season in L.A. with none of those players you mentioned he had 168 points. Then 142, then 163 again and then Suter cranked him in the 1991 Canada Cup and his mobility was never the same again. Yet up until then he was a 163 point guy who was also dominating the Canada Cup. You really think a guy who peeled apart the NHL like that needed great players around him or was that just the cherry on top? If players could hit Gretzky then they could stop him, but they didn’t because they couldn’t.

  7. Daniel November 5, 2016 at 1:00 am

    You’re even more wrong Kevin when you consider that In Wayne’s first year he scored 51 goals and 86 assists for 137 points. His linemates that year were neither Kurri, who wasn’t yet in the NHL, or Anderson (same thing, or Messier. They were two mostly career WHA players by the name of Blair McDonald and Brett Callighen. Blair McDonald was a good player in the WHA while Callighen was a pretty good player. In McDonald’s only year on Gretzky’s wing in the NHL, 1979-80, he scored 46 goals and 48 assists for 94 points in 80 games. In the rest of his NHL career, after he got off Wayne’s line, he scored 97 points in 139 games. Playing one year with Gretzky accounted for almost half of his career NHL point total. But what’s more, who cares if Gretzky had no power in his game. Skill, finesse and intelligence more than make up for a lack of power. Your argument on Wayne being an incomplete superstar is so flawed it’s laughable. It sounds like you can’t accept the fact he could be that productive and dominant without being a fast skater, having a hard shot (it was deceptively fast) or being a physical player. Those are all the more reasons to marvel at his utter dominance.

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