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Conclusion - Head-2-Head Superstar Review (Best Hockey Player Ever): Bobby Orr vs. Wayne Gretzky
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Head-2-Head Superstar Review (Best Hockey Player Ever): Bobby Orr vs. Wayne Gretzky

Conclusion

By Matthew Awrey
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7-RD HEAD-2-HEAD BOUT: EDITOR'S SCORECARD | USER SCORECARD

Scoring Power
1
Two-way Hockey
2
Playoff Performance
3
Game Changing Influence
4
Skating
5
Intangibles
6
Stat Battle
7
TOTAL
Wayne Gretzky      0
Bobby Orr      6

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wayne gretzky better than bobby orr


Key Advantages
Bobby Orr
• Better two-way player
• Better penalty killer
• Faster skater
• Subject of the most iconic hockey photo of all-time


Wayne Gretzky
• More playoff accomplishments
• Won more cups
• Better offensive player
• Named to more All-Star games
• Holds more scoring records (goals, assists, points, 

basically every major category)


Overall Conclusion
It just seems to be impossible for me to not conclude that anybody other than Wayne Gretzky was the greatest player to put an NHL sweater on. I have heard all of the arguments for Bobby Orr, watched their games, and looked over the numbers, but I just can’t get past the freakish numbers that 99 put up year after year after year. I certainly do not want to take away from Bobby Orr’s contribution to the game…because as I mentioned, the profound influence of Bobby Orr’s style of play changed the way the fundamentals of the game are taught today. Orr has proven to be 30 years ahead of his time in that there isn’t a successful team at even the college level that doesn’t get their defensemen involved in the offensive attack. Stanley Cup Champions depend on the fourth man following up the play, but Orr wasn’t the fourth man, he was more often than not the first man up and the first man back.

On the flip side, I maintain that at any given time, there are only a handful of natural goal scorers in the NHL… Gretzky was in a word…supernatural. Most championship teams have to be built from the net out, however, he may well be the one exception to this rule. With Gretzky, it was not so much in the physical realm as much as the mental that he excelled. He seemed to understand everyone else on the ice, the flow of the game, and his capability, more than his opponents or teammates understood themselves. This is what made an average physical specimen the greatest hockey player ever.


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Conclusion - Head-2-Head Superstar Review (Best Hockey Player Ever): Bobby Orr vs. Wayne Gretzky
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posted on Apr 28, 2011 at 4:09PM

Head-2-Head Superstar Review (Best Hockey Player Ever): Bobby Orr vs. Wayne Gretzky

Conclusion

By Matthew Awrey
 

7-RD HEAD-2-HEAD BOUT: EDITOR'S SCORECARD | USER SCORECARD

Scoring Power
1
Two-way Hockey
2
Playoff Performance
3
Game Changing Influence
4
Skating
5
Intangibles
6
Stat Battle
7
TOTAL
Wayne Gretzky      0
Bobby Orr      6

View Record


wayne gretzky better than bobby orr


Key Advantages
Bobby Orr
• Better two-way player
• Better penalty killer
• Faster skater
• Subject of the most iconic hockey photo of all-time


Wayne Gretzky
• More playoff accomplishments
• Won more cups
• Better offensive player
• Named to more All-Star games
• Holds more scoring records (goals, assists, points, 

basically every major category)


Overall Conclusion
It just seems to be impossible for me to not conclude that anybody other than Wayne Gretzky was the greatest player to put an NHL sweater on. I have heard all of the arguments for Bobby Orr, watched their games, and looked over the numbers, but I just can’t get past the freakish numbers that 99 put up year after year after year. I certainly do not want to take away from Bobby Orr’s contribution to the game…because as I mentioned, the profound influence of Bobby Orr’s style of play changed the way the fundamentals of the game are taught today. Orr has proven to be 30 years ahead of his time in that there isn’t a successful team at even the college level that doesn’t get their defensemen involved in the offensive attack. Stanley Cup Champions depend on the fourth man following up the play, but Orr wasn’t the fourth man, he was more often than not the first man up and the first man back.

On the flip side, I maintain that at any given time, there are only a handful of natural goal scorers in the NHL… Gretzky was in a word…supernatural. Most championship teams have to be built from the net out, however, he may well be the one exception to this rule. With Gretzky, it was not so much in the physical realm as much as the mental that he excelled. He seemed to understand everyone else on the ice, the flow of the game, and his capability, more than his opponents or teammates understood themselves. This is what made an average physical specimen the greatest hockey player ever.


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7 Comments So Far …

  1. JJ JJ says:
    Although Gretzky had the numbers, it doesn't seem that he was ever the sharpest knife in the drawer...and you think Gretzky was was more instrumental to his team than Orr because of his brains?

  2. Matt Awry Matt Awry says:
    JJ... Perhaps I should have clarified my statement by referring to hockey sense...or hockey IQ... I am pretty sure neither Gretzky nor Orr were Rhode Scholars...

  3. Wayne Newton Wayne Newton says:
    I love Gretzky, He was a great offensive machine, But what Orr did in his short time in the NHL was beyond great. The most telling stat-+597 in 657 games. Gretz is +518 in 1,487 games and had multiple 200 point seasons (which by the way he still couldn't top Orr's +124 for a season).

  4. ben ben says:
    I've got to go with Gretzky. FIrst of all just look at his stats. He's the only person to get pass 2000 points. He has more assists than anyone else has points. And he has the most goals than anybody else. In 1400 games, he got 2800 points (approximately). Thats double. Bobby Orr only has a third more points than he does have points. Gretzky's the only one who got past the 200 point mark in a single season. And he even did that 4 times. Then everybody talks about the different positions they play. But if you watch Gretzky's games, for half of the time he's on the ice, he switches places with the defencmen. Now thats amazing. So in the end, I have got to give Gretzky the brighter light.

  5. Halia Halia says:
    Gretzky was a master at intercepting passes, knocking down pucks, and stick checking...he was really great at causing turnovers in the neutral zone..You don't put up those kind of numbers without knowing what to do when you don't have the puck...no one could see the game like gretzky...

  6. Lon Caselton Lon Caselton says:
    If you have any questions about who was the Greatest ever, all you need to do is watch "Above and Beyond". It tells the whole story of Gretzky and his significance to not only Hockey but his accomplishments compared to other sports. He did more for the game than anyone. Retired since 99 (figures) still holds about over 50 records. Think about that.

  7. Cape Cod Paulie Cape Cod Paulie says:
    Bobby Orr was the most incredible, complete and unearthly player the NHL has ever known. In fact, he may be the greatest professional athlete of all time. Gretzky was superb but was not a complete player. Orr was multi-dimensional and tough ... Gretzky was only a scorer. Bobby Orr is the greateast hockey player of all-time. BTW, Gordie Howe is #2.

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