Wayne Gretzky thankful he played during the NHL’s wide-open scoring days



Portrait of Edmonton Oilers Wayne Gretzky during a photo shoot on the ice.
Edmonton, Canada 1984

Wayne Gretzky doesn’t think he would have been as great of a hockey player in the 1950s.

He’s not being humble. More like fearful.

Yes, the greatest goal scorer who ever played the game would no doubt have had an easier time putting the puck past goalies who didn’t wear masks and rarely left their feet to make a save. But that’s assuming he could make it up the ice in one piece.

“The (Gordie) Howes and (Maurice) Richards typically had to fight for themselves,” Gretzky said in a phone interview. “That was the game back then. When you’re 150 pounds, that would have been more difficult for me. I’m always the first guy to sit here and say I came around at the right time. It was a different game.”

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Top Stories in NHL Hockey 2016 Year In Review

A nice recap with video and some article pieces along with the 2016 review in NHL hockey via Sports Net Canada:

 

It was a wild year in the NHL and as much excitement as there is for the future of the game with plenty of young and exciting talent coming in, 2016 also gave us a few moments to ponder the past.

Through the year, the hockey world lost a legend, celebrated another and witnessed one of the craziest 23 minutes in the history of the NHL, if not all sports.

Undoubtedly when coming up with a year-end top 10, a few noteworthy stories had to be left out that should get a mention:

Recently, the firing of Gerard Gallant as head coach in Florida was probably the most controversial coach dismissal ever and left Don Cherry labeling it the “worst” in NHL history.

NHL Power Rankings: 2015-16 Consensus Week 24

Not a surprise that the Washington Capitals remain at the top of our consensus NHL power rankings. The Los Angeles Kings and Anaheim Ducks moved ahead of the St. Louis Blues, who fell back two spots to No. 4.

The Dallas Stars move back into the top five at No. 5.

There were changes this week to the bottom portion of our power rankings. The Winnipeg Jets dethroned the Toronto Maple Leafs for the No. 30 position. The Maple Leafs moved up two slots to No. 28.

The Vancouver continue their slide and fall to No. 29.

The Columbus Blue Jackets and Edmonton Oilers remain at No. 26 and No. 27.    – SEE MORE

NHL Trades

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Boston Bruins trade Milan Lucic and Dougie Hamilton.

The season has barely been over since June 15th when the Chicago Blackhawks stopped the Tampa Bay Lightning in a Game 6 WIN at home in Chicago but all the while the rest of the NHL has been planning their own next moves to get their respective teams to a Stanley Cup as well. Just over 2 Weeks later & we have the Kings getting a powerful Milan Lucic to an already strong lineup. Let’s not forget Phil Kessel got dumped by the Leafs to his delight. Kessel is now a Pittsburgh Penguin which is a shot in the arm to the fan base. Young talent T.J. Oshie is going to the Washington Capitals who made strides in their own quest for the Cup this past season. Looks like these 3 teams are gearing up for another incredible year of NHL hockey.

 

 

 

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T.J. Oshie traded to Capitals; Blues get Brouwer

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TORONTO, ON – APRIL 11: Phil Kessel #81of the Toronto Maple Leafs throws a stick into the crowd after losing to the Montreal Canadiens in their last game of the year during NHL action at the Air Canada Centre April 11, 2015 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Abelimages/Getty Images)

2015 NHL Playoff Standings and Line Ups

The NHL season has come to a close but now the next chapter starts to present an opportunity for teams to go after the prized Stanley Cup Trophy. Who will make it? I have no clue but I’m certain whoever comes out on top will be a team to watch. The L.A. Kings who won this past season didn’t even make it back even though they played hard this season, they just weren’t up for the task. Their opponent in last years final The New York Rangers ARE back to give it another go for a win for the cup. It would be their 1st in over 20 years this year. Crazy! I was at their parade in 1994. Either way enjoy all that comes with watching the NHL, just don’t lose your shirt if you like to gamble.

 

Click on the image for the current standings and see who is in & winning – –

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The Pittsburgh Penguins are becoming the best defense in NHL

When you think of dominant defensive hockey teams the Pittsburgh Penguins probably are not one of the first teams that come to mind. Likewise, when you think of the Pittsburgh Penguins, dominant defensive hockey probably isn’t the first thing that you think of.

Instead, it’s probably offense, offense, offense. And maybe more offense.

READ MORE – CBS Sports

Trade Rumors: Habs, Flyers, Bruins, Canes, Caps, Stars and Oilers

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2014 trade rumors from around the league.

The season has barely begun and of course already you can easily Google about the various upcoming trade rumors from around the league! I say why not follow them and decide for yourself what is most likely. Of course this information is mostly useful for gamblers, sports agents, journalist & hardcore fans. The article will take you maybe 2 minutes tops to read but I hope the site is helpful for someone. Please keep up with me here at WayneGretzky.ORG!

 

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Ranking the Top One Hundred Toughest Fights

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Chris Neil in fight when he was a Senator.

From Bleacher Report – Ranking The Top 100 Toughest Fights

Ahhh hockey fights….. They are for sure a much loved part of the sport whether we want to admit it or not. I came across this list of tough guys in the NHL over the years and the best to ever step on the ice rink. You have what is called GOONS, something not spoken of much today with all of the finesse that seems to be the theme in most Hockey clubs. However you still need a BAD ASS on your team to take it there if you need to. The penalty box still is used and exist. Many players have lost teeth, be gashed open & broke bones as well. I remember seeing my first fight back in the Igloo aka Civic Arena in Pittsburgh back in the early 90’s. It was the Penguins hosting the Blackhawks and an all out bench brawl ensued outta no where!! It was comical at the same time rough and tumble fighting. Of course some years later they stopped allowing bench clearing brawls all together which I was fine with but it would be fun to see again. It always blows me away how they can still fight while on ice and on ICE SKATES!! There have been more critics coming out over the past few years suggesting to ban it from Hockey but I really hope it never happens. I don’t see it as a big widespread issue much these days. Most of the fans really understand the game much better than years ago when it was new in the U.S. The style of play and skill level out there is also changing the game more each year. Championships can be won by a great tough defense and a superb goalie but it will not be won by a fist fight. At least not yet!! (U never know?!)