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

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Orr was the necessary element required to bring the hardware back to Boston. He was most deservedly the centerpiece of the team and the league for that matter. He clearly made players around him better, but, contrary to what you’d hear in the streets of Boston, he did have a very capable supporting cast. It is quite possible that he may have been a major contributing factor to the fame and love reigned down on the likes of Bucyk, Cashman, Hodge, and even Espo, but in the end, they needed to be well above average if for no other reason than just to stay with Orr as he flew down the ice, and they were. Orr did not require protection in the way that most goal scorers do, but he got it. Ultimately, Bobby Orr was the catalyst for the NHL, making professional hockey one the four major sports throughout the United States.

In Wayne’s world, things were not altogether different. He started with a cellar dweller of a club, and as the team started adding pieces to the puzzle, he was able to function at full capacity. Gretzky certainly had above average skating skills and puck handling skills, but it was really his mental approach, his foresight, that made him a magician. Gretzky’s primary element for success was making every player on his team a threat. He was the master of creating space and time. And no, he was not a defenseman, but he was a central figure in Paul Coffey’s scoring success. He was not a tough guy, but his overall awareness and constant movement kept him out of trouble. Gretzky also had a similar familial effect in Edmonton in terms of creating a moment in time when…people actually considered moving to Edmonton. As it would be, I think Gretzky made more good players all-stars and more average players, good players as a result of his abilities.


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Intangibles - 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

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By Matthew Awrey
 

H2H ROUND-6: Intangibles

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View Official Scorecard
wayne gretzky made his office behind the opponents net
(Credit: Yahoo! Sports)

 

Orr was the necessary element required to bring the hardware back to Boston. He was most deservedly the centerpiece of the team and the league for that matter. He clearly made players around him better, but, contrary to what you’d hear in the streets of Boston, he did have a very capable supporting cast. It is quite possible that he may have been a major contributing factor to the fame and love reigned down on the likes of Bucyk, Cashman, Hodge, and even Espo, but in the end, they needed to be well above average if for no other reason than just to stay with Orr as he flew down the ice, and they were. Orr did not require protection in the way that most goal scorers do, but he got it. Ultimately, Bobby Orr was the catalyst for the NHL, making professional hockey one the four major sports throughout the United States.

In Wayne’s world, things were not altogether different. He started with a cellar dweller of a club, and as the team started adding pieces to the puzzle, he was able to function at full capacity. Gretzky certainly had above average skating skills and puck handling skills, but it was really his mental approach, his foresight, that made him a magician. Gretzky’s primary element for success was making every player on his team a threat. He was the master of creating space and time. And no, he was not a defenseman, but he was a central figure in Paul Coffey’s scoring success. He was not a tough guy, but his overall awareness and constant movement kept him out of trouble. Gretzky also had a similar familial effect in Edmonton in terms of creating a moment in time when…people actually considered moving to Edmonton. As it would be, I think Gretzky made more good players all-stars and more average players, good players as a result of his abilities.


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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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