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Just My Type
Dan Patrick
June 13, 2011
Wayne Gretzky
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June 13, 2011

Just My Type

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WG: That's what sports is about. When I came in they were comparing me with Bryan Trottier or Guy Lafleur or Mike Bossy or Marcel Dionne. All of a sudden a new kid comes along, like Lemieux, and people start comparing that athlete to you. You watch a guy like Crosby, as young as he is and as good as he's been, 10 years from now, someone's going to come along and we'll say, Is this guy better than Crosby?

DP: Do you take credit for spreading hockey throughout the U.S. when you came to L.A.?

WG: The timing of all that was perfect: You had Lemieux in Pittsburgh, [Steve] Yzerman in Detroit, Brett Hull saving a franchise in St. Louis, and, of course [Mark] Messier in New York. It wasn't just the Kings and Wayne Gretzky. It was a combination of the players on our team and the superstars in the league and their commitment not only to winning but to helping promote a sport.

DP: How important is it for Vancouver to bring the Cup back to Canada after a 17-year drought?

WG: I don't know how much people in Montreal and Toronto care if Vancouver wins the Stanley Cup. I know people are pulling for them. It won't be as big throughout the country as when Sidney scored the gold medal goal in the 2010 Olympics.

DP: Most goals you had in a game?

WG: When I was 10, I got nine in one game. I got mad at the coach because he didn't play me in the third period.

DP: Were the other kids' parents mad at you for not passing?

WG: I passed a lot. Believe it or not, I was a pretty good playmaker. I played defense that year, so I [could play] the whole game, but I didn't take anybody's ice time.

DP: Were you Bobby Orr?

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