Wayne Gretzky doesn't need another article extolling his virtues as the greatest offensive player in the history of hockey.
Gretzky eclipsed his hero Gordie Howe's record for goals, and by the time Gretzky hung up his skates after finishing his last NHL game in 1999, he had scored 894 goals and 1,963 assists for a total of 2,857 points. Gretzky finished his career at plus-518.
It has been pointed out before that, if you didn't include any of the goals he scored in his point total, he would still be the NHL's all-time leading scorer merely by counting assists.
His former teammate Mark Messier stands in second place, nearly 1,000 points behind with 1,887 points. The names that follow include Gordie Howe, Ron Francis, Marcel Dionne and Mario Lemieux.
Gretzky does not look like the greatest scorer in the game's history. He was 6'0" and 185 pounds, and he was not particularly strong.
While he was a magnificent skater with incredible balance, he was not the fastest player. He had a hard slap shot, but he did not rip the puck like Bobby Hull or Bobby Orr. But when Gretzky saw an opening, he could hit his spot like nobody before or since.
Just like Orr, the game will never see another player like Gretzky.
Here are six reasons why.