On the anniversary of that momentous event, allow me to share an excerpt from my sports comic book Hockey Favorites about one of the most amazing athletes ever, no matter what the sport.
…..Regardless of the sport, the subject of great games, great teams and great players always triggers debate.
However, no one will argue that only one great athlete could lay claim to this title – The Great One.
Legendary NHL players like Mario Lemieux, Bobby Orr, Gordie Howe and Phil Esposito may have excelled and even dominated during their careers. But, their hockey achievements pale in comparison to those of Wayne Gretzky’s.
The Great One’s hockey dominance dwarfs not just NHL Hall of Famers, but celebrated athletes in other professional sports as well.
He’s my undisputed choice at #1 in all-time Hockey Favorites.
The 6’ tall and 185 lb. Canadian won the Hart Memorial Trophy as the NHL’s Most Valuable Player an unbelievable nine times.
Gretzky completed his career as the all-time leader in nearly every statistical and awards category.
This is an accomplishment that gods of other sports, like Michael Jordan, Derek Jeter, Lionel Messi, Peyton Manning, LeBron James and Tom Brady, will never come close to achieving.
The Great One shattered Phil Esposito’s record 76 goals in a season by putting the puck in the net an unheard of 92 times.
Gretzky also totaled 212 total points in a single season, one of four times he surpassed the remarkable 200 point mark.
No athlete in any professional league has ever dominated his sport like Wayne Gretzky reigned over hockey.
Gretzky’s career leaves no sports fan to doubt that this amazing hockey player will always be the only athlete known by the deserved lofty label – The Great One.
MIKE – thee ultimate talking head on sports!