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The Greatest

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By Alex Cunningham

Alex Cunningham Says Gretzky


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Hi, I'm Alex Cunningham with Off the Wire.

I was asked who the greatest NHL player of all time is and it is a hard question to answer, there are so many great players but for me the greatest would be number 99 Wayne Gretzky.

Gretzky has an outstanding list of achievements with 61 NHL records a few that stand out are 92 goals, 163 assists, and 215 points in a single season. He has 894 career goals and 2857 career points.

He had a 20 season NHL career with the Edmonton Oilers with whom he won 4 Stanley Cup titles, the Los Angeles Kings, St. Louis Blues, and New York Rangers. In his 20 season career 15 of them he had 100 points or more with 13 of those seasons being consecutive.

Gretzky is the one who beat Maurice Richard's record of 50 in 50 when he scored 50 goals in just 39 games in 1981-82.

He won the Hart trophy 9 times as the NHL's MVP, 10-time winner of the Art Ross trophy as the leading scorer in the league, 7 of those being consecutive, and won the Conn Smyth trophy twice as the postseason MVP.

His statistics are amazing which is one of the reasons he is so great, but his love for he sport and his teammates was truly remarkable.

5 times he won the Lady Byng Trophy and Ted Lindsey Award given annually to NHL's most gentlemanly player and MVP as voted by players.

Being a team player is what put him over the top his team skills made him an amazing player.

Wayne Gretzky retired number 99 in 99 and it will live on forever, his compassion and astounding statistics is what make him the greatest NHL player of all time.

I'm Alex Cunningham


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