Soapy Ears asked in SportsHockey · 5 months ago

Greatest hockey player of all time: Wayne Gretzky, Bobby Orr, or someone else?

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  • 4 months ago

    Like any major sport -the name of the game in hockey is to put points on the board and nobody did it better than Wayne . As for the defensive part of hockey, the best defense is to have the puck on your stick instead of the other team having it. Possession is key and making the other team expend energy chasing you around rather than them getting chances to score. Wayne would have the puck more than anybody in the game. In addition to his playmaking, his shot is somewhat underrated as I think he had the best shot of all time. He would shoot according to the specific opportunity in a very spontaneous way- not just blasting slapshots or power wristers like some great shooters. Finally, I think his speed was also underrated . Everybody knows he was fast but people would talk about his quick mind more than his speed. He was for sure one of the five fastest skaters in the NHL. He was so smooth that he may not have looked as fast. Just like his hero Gordie Howe who was so smooth and effortless in his skating he didnt look that fast. I say #1Wayne Gretzky , #2 Gordie Howe and #3 Bobby Orr who did not have the longevity of the other two.

  • Anonymous
    4 months ago

    Wayne Gretzky is the GOAT. Gordie Howe is second. Goalies count too. Dominik Hasek, Patrick Roy, Ed Belfour. 

  • 4 months ago

    Wayne Gretzky Is Still The Greatest Player To Ever Step Onto The Ice.

  • Mike W
    Lv 7
    4 months ago

    That's hard to say,  different players from different eras playing their own role in the success of their teams.  You could say that Gretzky is the greatest because of his prowess on offense, you could also say the same of Bob Gainey because of the way he was able to shut down the other teams top offensive players.   Offensive defencemen seem to get more attention than stay at home defensemen, but both are important.  Goalies are even harder to judge.  A good goalie can look bad if there isn't any defensive support.  

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  • 4 months ago

    Martin Brodeur, Patrick Roy, Marc-Andre Fleury... why do goalies never get named as the best players? Because they are. They really are.

  • Bob
    Lv 7
    5 months ago

    Wayne Gretzky is the GOAT in hockey, Gordie Howe may have been the best overall hockey player ever, and Bobby Orr was for sure the best defenseman ever.

  • Mark
    Lv 7
    5 months ago

    Gordon Howe.                                                .

  • W
    Lv 4
    5 months ago

    Gordy Howe. Anyone in the old 6-team league. Those guys were animals. 

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