Originally Posted by VegasOnAcid
The thing about hockey tho, is that the game has changed so much. Gretzky is no doubt incredible, but his stats are skewed and untouchable now just due to the evolution of the game. Mario was better then Wanye anyways.
You could make that argument about any sport. It's constantly evolving - better equipment, new rules, better training, bigger players etc... That still doesn't negate the magnitude of dominance Gretzky had in hockey. There are numerous articles on the internet where Gretzky's numbers were adjusted to give a more fair comparison between players in different eras, and he still came out on top by a good margin. Not all of his records stood of course, but a lot of them still did.
Being able to stay healthy and having longevity is part of the equation to being dominant. Unfortunately, Lemieux didn't have this. His battle with cancer and back injuries have kept him off the ice. I don't doubt that if Lemieux was healthy through out his career, he would have probably broken a lot of Gretzky's records. Too bad we will never know.