Gretzky & Lemieux Are On Their Own Level Of Greatness

This past week, two different friends of mine casually put Sidney Crosby into the same category as Wayne Gretzky and Mario Lemieux (among others) when it comes to all-time hockey greats. One of the friends was a Pittsburgh Penguins fan, so I was able to dismiss that on the basis of personal bias. But the other is a lifelong hockey fan who has played the game and whom I usually defer on these kinds of questions. But not this time. Wayne Gretzky and Mario Lemieux are on a different plateau than everyone else in NHL history and here’s why: