NHL Debate: Wayne Gretzky vs. Gordie Howe

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NHL Debate: Wayne Gretzky vs. Gordie Howe

On Sunday, October 15, 1989, the Los Angeles Kings' Wayne Gretzky in Hollywood-type fashion backhanded the puck into the net with 53 seconds left in the game to make a 4-4 tie against his former team, the Edmonton Oilers. This goal was Gretzky’s 1,851st career point, breaking the record set by Gordie Howe by one point.

In that moment of iconic history, a war of words and opinions started. Wayne “The Great One” Gretzky vs. Gordie “Mr. Hockey” Howe. Who is the better player? Who is the best to ever play the game of hockey?

I have witnessed and taken part in this debate numerous times and in hearing all of the arguments, facts and opinions, something finally occurred to me. It is always the exact same cyclical debate every time...

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