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Top 11 People Who Don't Like Wayne Gretzky

Regarded as the greatest player to ever don the blades, Wayne Gretzky’s career more than speaks for itself. It’s always “good times” engaging in those discussions of “who is the best player ever?” across the spectrum of professional sports. However, when it comes to hockey, all discussions must begin with number two, as Gretzky is number one. Although not revealing anything new, and only using the reader’s capacity of recollection to reiterate what may have been forgotten in the present NHL where a guy like David Clarkson can steal $5.25 million a year for totaling 26 points in two seasons, that in his 20-year career, Wayne Gretzky grabbed over 100 points on 15 occasions – and over 200 four times! Last year the NHL leader in points was Jamie Benn with 87. In Gretzky’s 19th year in the NHL he tallied more points than that; in fact, many players did that well into the late 1990s. With respect to the Great One, we are truly talking unmatched talent, attached with serious longevity and inarguable numbers.

For Gretzky, opposing teams, from his first game as a kid to his retirement after 20 years as a pro, were out to get him. Coaches, players, writers, scouts, etc., were always looking for a crack in his game, but found nothing. For some, it was (and continues to be) just plain hard to like a guy who is so much better than everyone else. Gretzky was, and continues to be, a gentleman on and off the ice and has been an exceptional ambassador for Canada and the game of hockey, which exists in its present fashion at the NHL level largely because of him. Yet, there are dissenters and the following list is concerning them; the Top 11 People Who Don’t Like Wayne Gretzky.

11 Stan Fischler 

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10 Canadian Liberals 

9 Doug Lecuyer, Neal Broten, and Bob Murray 

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8 Doug Gilmour  

7 Toronto Maple Leafs Fans 

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6 Slava Bykov 

5 Luc Robitaille 

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4 Phoenix Coyotes Players 

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3 Mark Crawford 

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2 The Hockey Writers 

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1 Don Cherry 

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Dear Mr. Cherry:

Bobby Orr was the second best hockey player of all time – Wayne Gretzky was better.   Speaking strictly from a numbers standpoint alone, Orr just doesn’t measure up categorically. This, incidentally, shouldn’t take away from Orr as a one of the greatest players of all time. He literally did it all from the blueline: led the league in scoring (which will never happen again), a multiple Norris, Hart, Art Ross, and Conn Smythe winner, and two Stanley Cups. Number 4 was truly amazing, just not better than Number 99.

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