Please bear with me slightly until I get to the point. So. . . I have been mostly lurking around this place for a month or so, and have come to appreciate the particular flavor of Avalanche fandom cultivated herein for the following reasons:
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So-here is the simple question on which I wish to pick the MHH brain. I don’t care who is better, but I recently clicked through a collection of "rare Gretzky photos" on some site and it got me to thinking about the difference between the climate/culture he emerged in and the one in which Crosby arrives.
I am not a fan of Crosby. As I have said previously of his Edgelessness I find him too much like a loaf of white bread on which the NHL too frequently wants to spread marshallow cream. He is Manning-like in his adherence to the prototypical posterboy code. I want him to do something that cuts against type so that he seems less like a good-for-the-game windup toy and more like a real person.
I should like him, since nothing would make me happier than to have my 9-year old hockey-playing son wind up just like him, but I just can’t quite do it, and my son, perhaps sensing this, embraces Ovechkin and Kane (since the Olympics) as his idols. Never fear, he wears 26 for Stasny and loves Duchene too.
So, at long last here is the simple question: "If Wayne Gretzky arrived as the 18-year old phenom on today’s NHL doorstep, would he face the same level of unfounded dislike/ambivalence/antipathy and downright hostility? It seems that few people hated him for the decades he was the face of the NHL. Are there reasons that I just don’t understand? Educate me, please, wise writers of this enlightened blog, because I really am a little baffled on about this.
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