Re: The Great One a Bruin
posted at 1/26/2011 10:41 PM EST
In Response to Re: The Great One a Bruin
[QUOTE]tar, he is the absolute best player to ever put on skates. and I would challenge anyone on here to name an athlete who changed/enhanced their respective sport as much as he did and in such a positive light. I am just glad I was able to watch him, because no one will touch his records...unless they play 120 games a season and ever then he is safe.
Posted by shuperman[/QUOTE]
I respect and admire the Great One as much as anyone, however, I'll take your challenge Shuperman.
Yes, Gretzky's records appear safe well into the future, he enhanced the sport, and I too feel privledged to have watched him play.
No one though, changed the sport like Bobby Orr. Orr reinvented the term "defenseman" more than Gretzky did for forwards. Gretzky stands alone as the single greatest forward in history, but once in a lifetime fowards are expected to fill the net. Gretzky doesn't stand as tall against his peers as Orr did.
Bobby Orr absolutely stood the game of hockey on it's ear. Gretzky didn't do that, he merely elevated the offensive dynamic to unfathomable porportions. No one changed the game like Orr. He totally, single handedly changed conventional wisdom regarding defensemen. He changed the structure of pro hockey, he changed the execution of pro hockey and he changed the tactics of pro hockey. The complete game of hockey...from top to bottom was changed when Bobby Orr hit his stride.....and it changed forever. An interesting, but purely nostalgic debate could consider both players switching positions. What would have happenned if Orr played forward. How about Gretzky on defense. Few would argue that Orr's numbers would have been even more mind numbing, and most would suggest a significant decline in Gretzky's.
I know, it's all subjective....it's just opinion, but I'm going with Bobby Orr.