What made Gretzky so great?
the Orr discussion got me to thinking about this. now, I am not a hockey guy, and know very little about the nuance of the game. What skills made Gretzky ¨the Great one?¨ he wasnt that big, so I am guessing it wasnt size/strength. was he blazingly fast? was he the product of a goal scoring system? was it the way the game was played then? If it was a higher scoring era, what set Gretzky apart in that era?
follow up question. it seems that after the age of 30 or so, he lost the ability to be a big time goal scorer. what happened? was there an injury? It doesnt seem he would have gone off the cliff at that young age as his assist numbers stayed high.