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Jack Butler
01-25-2011, 08:55 AM
Wayne Gretzky turns 50 on the 26th of this month.

There are many great individuals in sports - in and away from the game.
But how many among them can truly be dubbed an icon?
That's a distinction that could certainly apply to Wayne Gretzky.
As part of TSN's celebration of Gretzky's 50th birthday, TSN.ca unveils 50 Great Ones - the Top 50 iconic moments, images and achievements from his unparalleled career.

http://www.tsn.ca/50greatones/


Happy Birthday Gretz!
Thanks for the memeories!

Jack Butler
01-25-2011, 12:10 PM
If you haven't seen this it is worth the watch.
It tells you about what happened behind the scenes.

Kings Ransome
http://ca.sports.yahoo.com/nhl/blog/puck_daddy/post/Film-Review-ESPN-ization-of-Gretzky-trade-in-K?urn=nhl-189172

Here's a little morsel from Youtube...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N4_jPZIqc9M

Oscar_Leroy
01-25-2011, 12:30 PM
Happy Birthday to Gretzky.

Since we are apparently sharing clips, I figured this would be worthy.

Probably the most controversial moment in his career in what turned out to be one hell of a performance by Gretzky. He actually calls this game the best of his career. Surely all Leaf's fans remember this.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UqGFFEc6Bng&feature=related

Jack Butler
01-25-2011, 12:50 PM
Gretzky scores 50 in 39

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lGbpJ6hl9VM&feature=related

Jack Butler
01-25-2011, 01:01 PM
Gretzky Highlight Video

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XFX0dVXNDXw&feature=related

Oscar_Leroy
01-25-2011, 01:40 PM
Think he will be back behind the bench soon? It's the one area in hockey he never really succeeded, and that's gotta sting.

Jack Butler
01-25-2011, 07:12 PM
I found some interesting tidbits....

While playing in the prestigious International Pee Wee Hockey Tournament in Quebec City's Le Colisee, the 14-year-old Gretzky is frequently besieged by autograph seekers.

With the 51 goals in 1979-80, Gretzky becomes the youngest player (19 years, two months) to score 50 goals in a single season.

Sets an NHL record for most assists in one game by a first-year player, with seven on Feb. 15 vs. Washington.

Nets 10 hat tricks in 1981-82 to garner yet another record.

Sets an NHL record with 12 shorthanded goals and ties his own mark with 10 hat tricks during the 1983-84 season.

Oscar_Leroy
01-25-2011, 07:19 PM
All of those stats are in his bio.. You should read it.

Jack Butler
01-25-2011, 07:30 PM
Success continues to find Gretzky during the 1984-85 season.
He wins the Hart Trophy for the sixth consecutive year, the Art Ross for the fifth, the Lester B. Pearson for the fourth and makes his fifth First Team All-Star appearance at center.

Leads the NHL in 1984-85 with a plus-98 rating.

In 1984-85, Gretzky ranks first in goals, assists, points, shorthanded goals, shots on goal and consecutive-game point streak.

Breaks his own single season record with 135 assists in 1984-85.

During the 1985 postseason, Gretzky rewrites the record books, with 30 assists and 47 points in one playoff year.

Gretzky keeps raising the bar for points in one season, including playoffs, registering 255 in 1984-85.

Oscar_Leroy
01-25-2011, 07:48 PM
I heard Gretzky has a positive influence on the career's of Semenko and McSorely too.

Oscar_Leroy
01-25-2011, 08:09 PM
Since you are posting all of Gretzkty's accomplishments, I figured it would only be proper to attribute some of his success to his highly touted protection...


At first Gretzky did not want to leave Edmonton, but he later received a call from Los Angeles Kings owner Bruce McNall while on his honeymoon asking permission to meet and discuss the deal. Wayne informed McNall that his prerequisites for a deal to take place were that Marty McSorley and Mike Krushelnyski join him as teammates in Los Angeles.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wayne_Gretzky#.22The_Trade.22


McSorley arrived in Edmonton in 1985, after the Oilers acquired his services from the Pittsburgh Penguins. Oilers general manager and coach Glen Sather felt he could never have too much protection for his speedy star players. He also felt that if the Oilers had enough raw toughness to intimidate the opposition, the ice would open up for Wayne Gretzky

http://www.oilersheritage.com/history/dynasty_players_martymcsorley.html

Jack Butler
01-25-2011, 08:19 PM
Records his 1,000th career point on Dec. 19, 1984 vs. Los Angeles.

Captures the 1985 Conn Smythe Trophy while leading the Oilers to their second consecutive Stanley Cup.

May 26, 1988 - The Edmonton Oilers win their fourth Stanley Cup in five years.

Gretzky makes a habit of breaking his own records, when in 1985-86 he sets new marks for assists (163) and points (215) in a single season.

Ties an NHL record for most assists in a game with seven on Feb. 15, 1980 vs. Washington; also tallies seven assists at Chicago on Dec. 11, 1985 and on Feb. 14, 1986 vs. Quebec.

Notches a point in 77 of the 80 games in the 1985-86 season.

Jack Butler
01-26-2011, 01:52 PM
Gretzky scores his 37th career three-goal-game on Jan. 8, 1986, tying Mike Bossy's career mark.

In Rendez-Vous '87 against the Soviet Union, Gretzky is named Team NHL's Player of the Series.

At the tender age of 25, Gretzky scores his 500th NHL goal on Nov. 22, 1986 vs. Vancouver goaltender Troy Gamble, becoming the 13th player to reach that plateau.

Establishes a new mark for career hat tricks during the 1986-87 season when No. 99 has four three-goal-games to lift his career total to 41.

On April 9, 1987, Gretzky tallies his 177th career playoff point vs. Los Angeles, surpassing Jean Beliveau as the all-time leading scorer in Stanley Cup playoff history.

Leads the League in postseason scoring with 34 points, helping the Oilers win their third championship in four years.

Gretzky notches his 1,000th career assist vs. the Rangers on Nov. 4, 1987.

On Mar 1, 1988, Gretzky becomes the NHL's all-time leader in assists, notching his 1,050th vs. Los Angeles.

Jack Butler
01-26-2011, 02:03 PM
Number of seasons which Gretzky scored 50 or more goals: Nine.

Gretzky had a run of eight seasons in a row from 1979-1980 to 1986-1987 in which he scored 50 or more goals. In his first season with the Los Angeles Kings he score 54 goals thrilling fans in L.A. with a tremendous run in the playoffs. In five of those seasons, Gretzky led the NHL in goals scored.

Number seasons Gretzky scored 50 goals in less than 50 games: Three.

Wayne Gretzky set a record that will likely never be broken again in 1981-1982, just a season after Mike Bossy of the Islanders scored 50 in 50 games. That season, Gretzky scored 50 goals in just 39 games serving notice that the NHL was about to be turned on its ear. That season, Gretzky finished with an NHL record 92 goals.

In 83-84 and 84-85 Gretzky did 50 in less than 50 again. In 83-84, he pulled the feat off in 42 games while the following season he did it in 49 games. After setting the bar at such a ridiculous level in 81-82 it seemed almost like a let down when he pulled off the feat in back-to-back seasons, but only one other player ever pulled off 50 in 50 in back-to-back seasons after that (Brett Hull in 1990-1991 and 1991-1992).

Number of career games scoring three or more goals: 50

Hat tricks are all the rage now, but Gretzky turned it into a fine art and a source of expectation. Going above and beyond that turned some games into a bonus treat. 37 times in his career he had a hat trick. He also had nine career four-goal games and four career five-goal games.

Number of professional seasons in which Gretzky didn’t score 50 or more points: One.

1994-1995 was the lockout season in which the NHL had a shortened 48-game season. Gretzky had 11 goals and 37 assists that year good for 48 points. In even a shortened year, Gretzky still averaged a point per game.

Number of seasons Wayne Gretzky had 50 or more penalty minutes: Two.

Wayne Gretzky was never a goon or an enforcer by any means as he had a long list of players willing to take up for him. Whether it was Dave Semenko or Marty McSorely, Gretzky had someone watching his back at all times. The fact that Gretzky managed to steer clear of the rough and tumble days of the NHL in the 80s is pretty incredible on its own. Then again, Gretzky was also a five-time Lady Byng Award winner as the league’s most gentlemanly player.

http://prohockeytalk.nbcsports.com/2011/01/26/wayne-gretzky-turns-50-today-how-the-great-one-and-50-go-hand-in-hand/

icemantbi
01-26-2011, 02:57 PM
I'm surprised there is no mention of Gretzky's stint with the Greyhounds. 1977-78, Gretzky put up 70 goals and 112 assists for 182 points. Incredibly, that was still 10 points less than Bobby Smith. I wasn't even born, but he must have been awesome to watch when he played here.

Another tidbit I forgot to add: It was with the Greyhounds that Gretzky started to wear 99 as his jersey number, because his usual number 9 was already taken by Brian Gualazzi. So the Sault was when we first saw him wear that legendary number.

RWGR
01-29-2011, 10:08 AM
Bitter man, below-average coach, highly-overrated hockey player who didn't have a clue where the defensive end of the ice was. The epitome of a one-dimensional player.

http://www.hockeyworldblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/09/Wayne-Gretzky.jpg

Happy birthday, Wayne.

Jack Butler
01-29-2011, 12:30 PM
Coming from a guy that never played the game....
Overrated?
When have you seen such a big deal over a birthday?
It just goes to prove what I have always said.
No one has ever effected the game like Gretzky, no one!
That's why he is the Greatest!

RWGR
01-30-2011, 01:26 PM
Coming from a guy that never played the game....
Overrated?
When have you seen such a big deal over a birthday?
It just goes to prove what I have always said.
No one has ever effected the game like Gretzky, no one!
That's why he is the Greatest!

I never played?

You're right...I mean besides the seventeen years I played, and 14 years I officiated.













Gretzky is an embarrassment.

Jack Butler
01-30-2011, 03:27 PM
I never played?

You're right...I mean besides the seventeen years I played, and 14 years I officiated.


Yeah right!
Seems to me you don't understand enough of the game to have ever been a player.
Your above comments are a prime example.
Ball hockey and officating ball hockey don't count, sorry!
Ha, ha, ha and you admit to being a ref in Soo Mich...aha, ha, ha, ha!

RWGR
01-30-2011, 03:45 PM
Yeah right!
Seems to me you don't understand enough of the game to have ever been a player.
Your above comments are a prime example.
Ball hockey and officating ball hockey don't count, sorry!
Ha, ha, ha and you admit to being a ref in Soo Mich...aha, ha, ha, ha!

I even officiated some Steel City games, when they had to hold some at the Big Bear Arena. We did such a good job the Soo, Ontario, officials association put an injunction against us being able to officiate the tourney again. We showed them up, big time. All the teams wanted to play over here, and have us officiate.

RWGR
01-30-2011, 03:46 PM
I can see why you like Gretzky, seeing he is a one-dimensional player and all.

Jack Butler
01-30-2011, 04:17 PM
Soo Mich has the worst refereeing imaginable.
If the rest of the cast knows hockey like you, I think I get it.
61 NHL record is far from one dimensional!


His 31 assists during the 1988 Stanley Cup playoffs remain the most by any player in a single postseason.

Gretzky captures his second Conn Smythe Trophy as the Edmonton Oilers win their fourth championship in five years.

Gretzky Scores 802nd
Mar. 23, 1994 - Gretzky scores his 802nd career goal, surpassing childhood idol Gordie Howe.

Makes his Kings debut on Oct. 6, 1988 vs. Detroit and records his first point on his first shot.

Captures the Hart Trophy for the ninth time in 1989, becoming the first Kings player to ever win the award.

Registers his 600th NHL goal on Nov. 23, 1988 vs. Detroit.

Notches seven points, including his 1,800th career point, with two goals and five assists on Feb. 18, 1989 vs. Quebec.

Oscar_Leroy
01-30-2011, 05:10 PM
Jack, you forgot to mention Gretzky's records for all oh his outstanding defensive play.....

RWGR
01-30-2011, 05:46 PM
Soo Mich has the worst refereeing imaginable.


Right. That's why your officials threatened a lawsuit if the Steel City organizers tried to get us to officiate games in future tournaments.

Jack Butler
01-30-2011, 07:55 PM
Right. That's why your officials threatened a lawsuit if the Steel City organizers tried to get us to officiate games in future tournaments.

The worst imaginable....
A law suit...ha, ha, ha.
What about the law suit one of your officials incured against a 10 year old, I think.
I know the organizers well ans I asked that exact question.
They laughed and then they laughed again...
I think the comment was, " hockey moms in Canada know more than the refs in soo mich"!
So...I guess lying is getting easier for you!

Oscar_Leroy
01-30-2011, 10:19 PM
Jack, do you know what a paragraph is?

Jack Butler
01-30-2011, 11:33 PM
Ha, ha, ha....useless!

Oscar_Leroy
01-31-2011, 02:57 AM
Ha, ha, ha....useless!

I'll take that as a no...

RWGR
01-31-2011, 04:39 PM
The worst imaginable....
A law suit...ha, ha, ha.
What about the law suit one of your officials incured against a 10 year old, I think.
I know the organizers well ans I asked that exact question.
They laughed and then they laughed again...
I think the comment was, " hockey moms in Canada know more than the refs in soo mich"!
So...I guess lying is getting easier for you!

Hockey moms in Canada liked to go across the street with us to the casino for a beer or eight after some games, much to the chagrin of some hockey dads.

I'm just sayin'.

Jack Butler
01-31-2011, 04:44 PM
Not the ones I know.

RWGR
01-31-2011, 04:46 PM
Not the ones I know.

I'm sure the ones you know were not interested in having beers with you, Jack.

Maybe that's why they were so eager to have beer with us?! :)

Jack Butler
01-31-2011, 04:57 PM
No....it's the american thing.
Most hockey moms I know laugh at your faded desert Storm tee shirts and beer bellies.

RWGR
01-31-2011, 05:23 PM
No....it's the american thing.
Most hockey moms I know laugh at your faded desert Storm tee shirts and beer bellies.

While drooling over the fact you guys have yet to get out of the Eighties. :)

Jack Butler
01-31-2011, 06:02 PM
No, I'm in my fifties!
Try and keep up would ya!

Oscar_Leroy
01-31-2011, 06:16 PM
No, I'm in my fifties!
Try and keep up would ya!

Wow that obviously went WAY over your head!

Oscar_Leroy
01-31-2011, 06:18 PM
http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_fw7iF68JR8k/SLG2IfKRq4I/AAAAAAAAU8A/EeQVnswgn-M/s1600/-1.jpeg

Jack Butler
01-31-2011, 06:31 PM
That doesn't change the fact that he is the GREAT ONE and he is 50!

Oscar_Leroy
01-31-2011, 06:33 PM
So you're admitting that he's a joke? Glad we can agree.

RWGR
01-31-2011, 06:36 PM
That doesn't change the fact that he is the GREAT ONE and he is 50!

Wow, only Wayne could turn fifty...impressive.

Jack Butler
01-31-2011, 06:39 PM
Wow, only Wayne could turn fifty...impressive.

With all that fan fare, yeah I'd have to agree!

RWGR
01-31-2011, 06:41 PM
With all that fan fare, yeah I'd have to agree!

What "fan fare"? (and it's one word, Jack)

Did CBC pre-empt the Beachcombers to do a special?

Jack Butler
01-31-2011, 06:46 PM
No it was TSN, CBC and CTV and in your country ESPN!
No problem!

RWGR
01-31-2011, 06:47 PM
No it was TSN, CBC and CTV and in your country ESPN!
No problem!

ESPN, thirty seconds, right before tractor pulling came on.

Jack Butler
01-31-2011, 06:49 PM
You must have missed it.

Oscar_Leroy
01-31-2011, 07:45 PM
Maybe, but then again, not all of us have man crushes on Gretzky...

Jack Butler
01-31-2011, 07:51 PM
You have a man crush on Gretz...hmmm?
You're weirding me out again, yank!

Oscar_Leroy
01-31-2011, 08:03 PM
You're the one who cries anytime somebody has anything negative to say about Gretzky.. Seems as if you have a massive man crush.

Jack Butler
01-31-2011, 08:14 PM
I would think that the tears that are shed are tears of the anti-Gretzky gang!
You're the one crying here!

Oscar_Leroy
01-31-2011, 08:19 PM
No crying at all.. I'm actually enjoying myself. You're the one getting his panties in a bunch.

Jack Butler
01-31-2011, 08:57 PM
Sorry, it's commando even in the winter!

Oscar_Leroy
01-31-2011, 09:10 PM
especially around Gretzky..

Jack Butler
01-31-2011, 09:12 PM
What?

Oscar_Leroy
01-31-2011, 09:21 PM
thought so...

Jack Butler
01-31-2011, 09:26 PM
Ok...what?

Oscar_Leroy
01-31-2011, 09:27 PM
Exactly

Jack Butler
01-31-2011, 09:30 PM
So, you've gone so far off topic you decided to go sexual with it?

I'm out you creep!!!!

Oscar_Leroy
01-31-2011, 09:32 PM
I never said anything about sex.. Why are you talking about sex in a Gretzky thread? I know you have a man crush for Gretzky, but wow, this is too far.

Oscar_Leroy
01-31-2011, 09:34 PM
Please don't tell me you were hiding in a birthday cake at Gretzky's 50th...