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

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By Matthew Awrey
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Orr spent 12 years in the NHL and as much as I do not want this to be all about stats, for 6 of those years he had the best +/- in the league with and astounding +124 in the cup winning 71 season. However, his impressive +/- numbers don’t tell the whole story. No other player ragged the puck on a Penalty Kill as successfully as Bobby Orr. His quickness and vision prevented opposing players from taking liberties in the Bruins zone while number 4 was on the ice.

Orr could dominate the game in all three zones. He was tough enough to earn the respect of the brawlers in front of his net, the best skater in the game -- making his neutral ice play something to marvel at -- and of course, his point production speaks for itself in the offensive zone.

 

orr could score but he was also one of the best pure defenders to ever play in the nhl
(Orr Photo Credit: SI.com)
gretzky wasn't much of a defender, but he's vision and instinct more than made up for his lack of size
(Gretzky Photo Credit: The Hockey News)

 

Despite the fact that Gretzky’s office was 190 feet away from the front of his goal, he was more than just the greatest offensive threat that will ever play the game. In the first eight seasons of a 20 year career, Gretzky had the best +/- four times culminating with a +98 in his second consecutive championship season with the Oilers. Beyond the +/-, Gretzky also played a pivotal role on the Penalty Kill, leading the league in short-handed goals for five consecutive years. He was also feared in all three zones but his toughness and graceful stride had nothing to do with it. His ability to see the ice, see a potential play developing minutes before the puck was even dropped, and then executing on that play was what made him such a threat in all three zones. Despite this fact, as a traditionalist, my vote goes to Bobby Orr. Eight times awarded the best defenseman while functioning as the B’s offensive engine, Bobby Orr defines two-way hockey.


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Two-way Hockey - 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

Two-way Hockey

By Matthew Awrey
 

H2H ROUND-2: Two-way Hockey

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Orr spent 12 years in the NHL and as much as I do not want this to be all about stats, for 6 of those years he had the best +/- in the league with and astounding +124 in the cup winning 71 season. However, his impressive +/- numbers don’t tell the whole story. No other player ragged the puck on a Penalty Kill as successfully as Bobby Orr. His quickness and vision prevented opposing players from taking liberties in the Bruins zone while number 4 was on the ice.

Orr could dominate the game in all three zones. He was tough enough to earn the respect of the brawlers in front of his net, the best skater in the game -- making his neutral ice play something to marvel at -- and of course, his point production speaks for itself in the offensive zone.

 

orr could score but he was also one of the best pure defenders to ever play in the nhl
(Orr Photo Credit: SI.com)
gretzky wasn't much of a defender, but he's vision and instinct more than made up for his lack of size
(Gretzky Photo Credit: The Hockey News)

 

Despite the fact that Gretzky’s office was 190 feet away from the front of his goal, he was more than just the greatest offensive threat that will ever play the game. In the first eight seasons of a 20 year career, Gretzky had the best +/- four times culminating with a +98 in his second consecutive championship season with the Oilers. Beyond the +/-, Gretzky also played a pivotal role on the Penalty Kill, leading the league in short-handed goals for five consecutive years. He was also feared in all three zones but his toughness and graceful stride had nothing to do with it. His ability to see the ice, see a potential play developing minutes before the puck was even dropped, and then executing on that play was what made him such a threat in all three zones. Despite this fact, as a traditionalist, my vote goes to Bobby Orr. Eight times awarded the best defenseman while functioning as the B’s offensive engine, Bobby Orr defines two-way hockey.


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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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