European Stars And Stripes Newspaper Archives Dec 31 1999, Page 41

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European Stars and Stripes (Newspaper) - December 31, 1999, Darmstadt, HessePages Sta Sand stripes timeout Friday december 31, 1999 a a Jujj Al Tomb a my a we 0 re of Tir Milf a a hts by Ken Rappoport the associated Pressw Ayne Gretzky raised the pro file of hockey like no other player and broke an astonish ing 61 records with a creativity the sport had never won the scoring championship 10 times the map award nine times and four Stanley cups. He finished As the nil s career scoring Champion and it s not even was selected As the greatest hockey player of the Century by a six member panel of experts assembled by the associated press. Gordie Howe was second with the same number of Points As Gretzky but three fewer first place votes followed by Bobby Orr who was just one Point and Orr also had a tremendous Impact on the sport but neither had Gretzky s Public relations Power Cha Risma or ability to score. Gretzky is 1,007 Points ahead of no. 2 Howe i career scoring. I Felt like i d never done enough. If i had three goals i wanted five goals. If had seven Points i wanted to get the eighth Point Gretzky said in november at his Hall of Fame Induc Tion. I kept going every night played 80 games every year As hard As i could whether it was oct. 1 or april 1."maybe that s Why i was Able to have the records that i did eventually rounding out the top 10 were Maurice Richard Mario Lemieux Bobby Hull Doug Harvey Jea Beliveau Terry Sawchuk and Ray Bourque and Mark Messier who tied for 10th.Gretzky received four first place votes Wayne Gretzky holds or shares 61 no records. Here Are some of the More prominent Marks most career goals 894 1,485 games most goals including playoffs 1,016most goals one season 92 -1981-82 most career assists 1,962 1,485 games most assists one season 163 -1985-86 most assists one game 7 tied with Bill Taylor most career Points 2.8s6 -1,485 game most Points one season 215 -1985-86 most consecutive 40or�More goal sea sons 12 most sch Wymore goal seasons 9 tied with mice Bosy most 100-or-More Point seasons is Wayne Gretzky s unequalled contributions to hockey Are rivalled Only by the artistry and elegance he displayed on ice. Howe got one and Orr the other. Los Angeles Kings general manage Dave Taylor one of the panellists said Orr might have finished higher had his career not been Cut Short by a knee injury. Orr played 12 seasons in the nil mostly with the Boston Bruins. That was eight years fewer than Gretzky and 14 fewer than Howe the Detroit red wings great who retired after 26 years at age 52."Orr revolutionized the game for defend semen Taylor said. Paul Coffey Al Mclnnis and Ray Bourque Are All products of the associated press 1984 file photo Wayne Gretzky hoists his first Stanley cup. 51 games-1983-84most playoff goals career most assists in playoffs career 260most playoff Points career 382 most playoff Points one playoff year 47 while Orr opened the game for defense men with his flashy attacking style Gretzky opened the game for an entire team. He focused on the offensive play Leav ing the zone Early said Taylor who played with Gretzky in los Angeles. Everyone had been schooled in defense first. He had a unique ability of seeing the that resulted in staggering scoring accomplishments particularly in Gretzky s 10 years in Edmonton. The oilers played in the old world hockey association for one of those years before join ing the nil in 1979.Gretzky quickly made his Mark. He scored regularly in the200-Point Range when the Previ Ous yardstick for measuring a great player was 100 one season for Edmonton Gretzky scored92 goals. In another he had 163 assists and 215points and certified himself Ashe great est passer in the game s history. But it was his Trade to the los Angeles Kings in the summer of 1988 that Hadan even greater Impact on United states had been generally Blase about the sport before Gretzky arrived in los Angeles but his presence there made hockey More fashionable and opened up expansion to warm weather Sites around the Gretzky it s Possi ble there would be no team today in places like Anaheim and san Jose in California Dallas Miami and Tampa Fla. Gretzky spent his last three years in the league with the new York rangers before announcing his retirement at the end of the 1998-99 season. Here s one for the books his 1,963 assists alone sur passed Howe s entire runner up Point total of 1,850. Aps top 10 players of the cent Rythe top 10 hockey players of the Century As voted by a six member panel of experts assembled bythe associated press with first place votes in parenthesis Points based on 10 Points for a first place vote through one Point for a 10th�place vote ,1, Wayne Gretzky 4 52 2, Gordie Howe o 23, Bobby Orr 1 1 4, Maurice Richard 385, a Rio Lemieux 2 & Bobby Hull 247. Doug Harvey 19 18is 55 others receiving votes Phil Esposito 3, Howie Romiss 3, $d4e Shore 3 Jari Kerri & to Rompc has Etc 2, to Mikita 2� Pic Fie Moore 1,

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